Last week we brought you the early news of an expected new screen from Gigabyte in their Aorus lineup of monitors. The KD25F had started to appear on some third party websites including AMD’s FreeSync monitor list, although at the time very little official information was known. Gigabyte have now released information on their website about 3 new monitors in fact with a range of different specs and features available. These are the CV27Q, CV27F and KD25F and extend their range of displays alongside the popular AD27QD we tested in April.
This model is 24.5″ in size and features a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel and 240Hz native refresh rate. It is aimed at FPS genre gaming according to the press release. A 0.5ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) is listed, which signifies the availability of a blur reduction backlight. However, no G2G figure is provided which we are not a fan of, and so it’s hard to make comparisons of the response time performance when this blur reduction mode is not used. If manufacturers are going to list an MRPT, we would like to see a normal G2G figure included as well, otherwise it’s a bit misleading we feel.
The high refresh rate is also backed by Adaptive-sync for variable refresh rates, offering support for AMD FreeSync while also being NVIDIA “G-sync Compatible” according to the Gigabyte page. This model has yet to appear on NVIDIA’s list of certified monitors, but is likely to be added at some point soon. The ‘Aim Stabilizer’ mode is also listed which provides a strobing blur reduction backlight which some people like to use. It’s unclear at this stage the refresh rate options for this mode and whether it can run at the full 240Hz.
In other specs the screen offers a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and normal sRGB colour gamut. The screen is listed on AMD’s website as being VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, although we are not expecting any meaningful HDR here with no local dimming, and not even 10-bit colour / DCI-P3 gamut support
Less information is provided on their official website for this model at this time, but from what we can glean from the press release this will be a 27″ sized display with a 1500R curvature. The key feature Gigabyte seem to be promoting here is that it will be “the world’s first Black Equalizer 2.0 enabled monitor”. We will reserve judgement about whether that really makes much difference, as not everyone likes to use those kind of features anyway, and it’s unclear if it will really improve things compared to standard black equalizer-type settings or the v1 that’s used on their other models in fact. Their press release says that it provides “synchronous, single screen processing of 1296 blocks of black balance, making the darker parts more obvious and sharpening the details so that users can enjoy more photo-realistic display quality for a more immersive gaming or movie-watching experience.”
It looks to have a 3 side borderless design and we know that it is based on a 2560 x 1440 resolution VA technology panel. The specs include a 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms MPRT. FreeSync 2 HDR is specifically mentioned as well so this looks to be another Adaptive-sync screen which will support VRR from both AMD and NVIDIA cards. It’s not clear if this one will be certified as G-sync Compatible or just offer standard support. A 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut is also confirmed.
This model is “MOBA focused” according to the press release and is also 27″ in size with a 1500R curvature. It will be based on a 1920 x 1080 resolution VA panel instead of the 1440p on the Q model. There is a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms MPRT and 90% DCI-P3 gamut. In other specs the panel offers a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth. VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification is mentioned for both the CV27F and Q models, and while they do at least have an improved colour gamut, we don’t expect any form of local dimming or other technology to actually offer a meaningful HDR experience here. The Aim Stabilizer blur reduction backlight is included on this model as well, and we expect to see it on the CV27Q as well although not 100% confirmed yet.
Similarities on all 3 model
All 3 models feature a similar design and are expected to include the Aorus RGB lighting system which we saw in action on the AD27QD when we tested it recently. Additional gaming extras like the on-screen dashboard, black equalizer, game assist features, ANC (Active Noise Cancelling), PiP/PbP and very useful OSD Sidekick software are also very likely included on each model. The CV27Q only has a “coming soon” page so all features cannot be confirmed as being present on that model at this time.
Tilt, height and swivel adjustments are expected to be provided by the stand on all 3 models (not confirmed officially at this time on the CV27Q), with the KD25F also featuring a rotation adjustment which is not provided on the other models due to their curved format.
1x DisplayPort 1.2 and 2x HDMI 2.0 ports are provided for video connections along with 2x USB 3.0 and a headphone jack. That’s confirmed for the KD25F and CV27F models, and expected on the CV27Q where specs are not 100% confirmed yet.
No confirmation of release dates or pricing yet.