Gigabyte Aorus CV27F Monitor Review: 27" Of 165Hz Curved Gaming Bliss

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Gigabyte Aorus CV27F Review: Ticking All The Right Boxes

It seems like a great time to buy a shiny new monitor for a gaming PC. FreeSync 2-certified monitors are plentiful on the open market and multiple companies are actively pushing them out the door to fight for your hard-earned dollars. Since NVIDIA started supporting FreeSync earlier this year, both GeForce and Radeon owners can take full advantage of variable refresh rate goodness without paying the price premiums associated with buying certain displays with G-Sync modules inside. If you haven't already, the time is right to start shopping for a high-refresh-rate FreeSync display -- the affect on smoothness and tearing is stark and make modern gaming monitors a worthwhile investment. Case in point, the new Gigabyte Aorus CV27F we will be looking at today. 

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Out of the box the CV27F has a premium feel. Both the stand and base are made of a powder-coated hefty metal, and assembly is a snap. The top and side bezels are relatively small, but there's just enough space at the top for us to comfortably mount our Logitech C525 webcam without overlapping the top few rows of pixels. The bottom bezel is a bit bigger, and has an Aorus logo emblazoned across the center. There's a tiny, low-power LED to indicate when the display is on, though it can be disabled is you don't like the distraction. We didn't feel the need to turn it off, however, since the output is pretty dim. 

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The mechanism in the CV27F's stand lifts the panel effortlessly without overshooting the desired height. There's enough height adjustment to go around, too—130 millimeters (around 5.1 inches) of lift. There's 25 degrees of tilt and 20 degrees of swivel available, too. If that's not good enough, the CV27F also supports the standard 100 x 100 millimeter VESA mount standard, should you want to use it with an aftermarket arm. We had no problems getting the monitor set to just the right height and angle for playing games. Also inside the box are cables for power, USB, HDMI, and DisplayPort. All of those cables are approximately five feet in length, so if your PC sits on the floor you might need to invest in something longer.

There's a lot more to cover as well. But before we dive in, let's take a look at the panel's specs in detail...

Gigabyte Aorus CV27F
Specifications & Features
Screen Size
27-inch
Max Resolution
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Color Support
16.77 Million Colors
Contrast Ratio 3,000:1 (Maximum)
Brightness 400 cd/m2 
HDR Support Yes (Vesa certified HDR 400)
Viewing Angles
178°(H)/178°(V)
Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Response Time
1ms (MPRT)
Panel Type Vertical Alignment (VA)
Variable Refresh AMD FreeSync 2 HDR, Nvidia G-Sync Compatible
Pixel Pitch
0.311 mm
Connectivity
DisplayPort 1.2 (x1), HDMI 2.0 (x2), USB 3.0 Type-A (x2), 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1), 3.5mm Mic Jack
Speakers
N/A
Stand
Height, Tilt, Swivel, Pivot
Accessories Power, High Speed HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 cables
Dimensions 14.53 ~ 20.95 (H) x 24.17 (W) x 10.24 (D) inches (369-532 x 614 x 260 mm)
Weight
17.78 lbs (9 kg)
Manufacturer Warranty
3-year limited warranty
Price $399 - Find It At Amazon

Around the back are some RGB LED accents, which we'll get to in a bit, along with all of the connectivity. The ports face downward, making the CV27F suitable for hanging on a wall, if desired.

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On the left is a headphone output and microphone input. The CV27F has a two-microphone active noise cancelling array built in, but you won't record any audio through the display without a dedicated third mic plugged into the pink jack. Next are a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports. You might not think those are necessary since we're not dealing with a 4K panel, but they also provide plenty of bandwidth for very high refresh rates at 1080p. Finally, we have a DisplayPort 1.2 input. 

The CV27F also has a two-port USB 3.0 hub built in, which is handy for connecting a keyboard and mouse. The USB 3.0 Type B port connects to the PC via the included cable. Even if you're not using the hub, the USB cable is necessary if you want to use Aorus's OSD Sidekick, the Windows-based app for tweaking all the knobs and switches on the CV27F.

Now let's take a look at how to configure the display, so we can get it ready for calibration and some gaming action. 

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