Gigabyte M32U Review - Finally a Reasonably Priced 4K Gaming Monitor 28

Gigabyte M32U Review - Finally a Reasonably Priced 4K Gaming Monitor

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Introduction

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Anyone looking to buy a proper 4K gaming monitor—a monitor with a refresh rate of 144 Hz or more—is very aware of their steep prices. Gigabyte is on a mission to turn things around. First, they released the excellent M28U, and they're now following it up with the M32U, a monitor with an MSRP of $800 that pushes the screen to 32 inches diagonally and includes many useful features for gaming and everyday usage. In many ways, the Gigabyte M32U is similar to the FI32U released under the Aorus brand. The FI32U has a more aggressive gaming aesthetic, RGB lighting system, ESS Sabre DAC on the headphone output, and noise-canceling technology on its microphone input. While nice, these additions are hardly a must-have; it's safe to assume most users would rather spend $150 less and just get the M32U, a monitor that's in every other regard identical to the FI32U.



The Gigabyte M32U is equipped with a 31.5-inch Innolux SS IPS 4K panel. The 10-bit panel (8 bits + FRC) has a native 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms MPRT response time, and wide 123% sRGB color gamut. It is AMD FreeSync Premium Pro certified (also recognized as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA graphics cards) and boasts a VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. Other strong suits of the M32U are its built-in KVM switch, pair of HDMI 2.1 video inputs for 4K@120 Hz console gaming (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X), and USB-C port, which operates as a video input, but is also used for power and data transfer, making it extremely practical for laptop connectivity. Let's put the M32U through its paces to find out if it offers enough to be branded a great value 4K gaming monitor.

Specifications

Gigabyte M32U
Screen Size31.5"
Native Resolution3840x2160 (16:9)
Panel TechnologySS IPS, 8-bit + FRC
Refresh Rate144 Hz (48–144 Hz adaptive sync range)
Supported Adaptive Synchronization TechnologiesAMD FreeSync Premium Pro (also recognized as NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible)
Brightness350 nits
Contrast1,000:1 (static)
Viewing Angles178° (horizontal) / 178° (vertical)
Response Time1 ms (MPRT)
AdjustabilityTilt (-5° to +20°), swivel (±30°), and height (130 mm)
Video Inputs2x HDMI 2.1 (24 Gbps, 4:2:0 chroma subsampling), 1x DisplayPort 1.4, and 1x USB Type-C
Video Outputs -
USB Upstream Ports1x USB 3.0 Type-B
USB Downstream Ports3x USB 3.0
Other Ports3.5-mm audio output (headphones)
Audio2x 3 W speakers
VESA MountingSupported (100 x 100 mm)
ExtrasKVM switch, OSD Sidekick Windows app, Aim Stabilizer, virtual crosshairs, timer, PiP & PbP, and Aim Stabilizer (MRPT)
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