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AOC Q3279VWFD8 Review: Affordable 32″ 1440p IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By February 8, 2019 11 Comments
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 Introduction

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 is one of the most affordable 1440p monitors, yet it features a large 32″ screen, a 10-bit IPS panel for stunning colors, plenty of connectivity options, and extra gaming features including AMD FreeSync.

Image Quality

At the time of this writing, the title of the AOC Q3279VWFD8 monitor on Amazon says that it has an MVA panel; if you scroll a bit down to the monitor description, you’ll see that it actually features an IPS panel.

The AOC Q3279VWF model, however, is the same monitor with a VA panel instead of IPS.

So, should you go with the VA or the IPS model? Well, it depends on what type of content you’ll be watching.

AOC Q3279VWF vs AOC Q3279VWFD8

For color editing, you should stick with the AOC Q3279VWFD8 IPS panel display which has more accurate and consistent colors.

While both technologies offer wide 178-degree viewing angles, VA panels can cause the image to slightly shift in contrast when the screen is viewed from skewed angles.

More importantly, VA panels have high static contrast, in this case – 3,000:1 as opposed to 1,200:1 of the IPS. This means that the AOC Q3279VWF will have deeper and more distinctive black shades.

Furthermore, VA panels don’t suffer from IPS glow which can make the picture to glow in the corners due to excess light leaking through.

The IPS glow isn’t particularly noticeable unless you’re watching dark scenes in a dark room with no lights; for instance, when watching a movie.

Due to the lack of IPS glow and thanks to its superior contrast, the AOC Q3279VWF is better for watching movies and overall video entertainment.

Finally, we get to gaming.

While the deep blacks of VA panels make watching content more immersive, they also cause pixels to change from one shade into another more slowly.

This results in ghosting and smearing of fast moving objects in video games, which makes the AOC Q3279VWFD8 a better choice for fast-paced gaming.

Performance

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Performance-wise, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 and the AOC Q3279VWF are almost identical.

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 input lag is ~5ms which is slightly higher than the VA model, but the difference is not noticeable.

Moving on, the 1440p resolution on a 31.5″ screen provides the same pixel density as 1080p on 24″ monitors meaning that you’ll get a decent amount of screen space and a good amount of details.

If you have an AMD FreeSync graphics card or an Xbox One, you will be able to synchronize the GPU’s frame rate with the monitor’s refresh rate within 48-75Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) rate range.

The variable refresh rate will thus eliminate all screen tearing and stuttering but without introducing input lag like VSYNC does.

NVIDIA users can also use the AOC Q3279VWFD8, but not its variable refresh rate technology.

Update: FreeSync also works when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card. However, the performance is not stable on the AOC Q3279VWFD8 as the monitor keeps desynchronizing with the GPU forcing you to turn on/off the monitor every time it occurs which is fairly often.

Features

Besides FreeSync, you get the AOC Shadow Control and Game Control features which consist of several different presets for quick gamma and color adjustments.

You will also find FPS, RTS, Racing, and three customizable Gamer profiles as well as the Overdrive setting with four presets: Off, Weak, Medium, and Strong.

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 screen is flicker-free and has a low blue light filter for the optimal viewing experience if you are sensitive to screen flicker.

Design & Connectivity

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The AOC Q3279VWFD8 boasts a slim and modern design with moderately thick bezels. However, it’s tilt-only (-3.5°/+23.5°) and has no VESA mount compatibility.

Unlike the AOC Q3279VWF with a glossy screen surface, the IPS model has a matte screen coating which eliminates reflections.

Connectivity options consist of a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4a, a VGA, a DVI, and a headphones jack. The AOC Q3279VWFD8 FreeSync range is 48-75Hz over both HDMI and DP.

Price & Similar Monitors

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 price is identical to its VA counterpart and amounts to $249 MSRP.

Conclusion

Overall, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 is the most cost-effective 32″ 1440p IPS display and it’s well worth the money.

You get a huge screen with a crisp image quality, rich colors, and a smooth performance thanks to the low input lag, quick response time, and AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz.

AOC Q3279VWFD8 Specifications

Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate75Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-75Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, DVI
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1200:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)

What We Loved

  • Great value for the money
  • Low input lag and quick response time speed for fast-paced gaming
  • Plenty of features including AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • No VESA mount
  • Narrow FreeSync range

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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