Great colors and excellent picture quality are two of the main factors that help create immersion while your gaming. Despite the importance of good color, monitor manufacturers don’t always calibrate the color of their panels to what is deemed accurate within specific color spectrums – sRGB/Rec.709 for example.
We like to test each monitor for color reproduction to see how they would perform in color-accurate scenarios.
Here are the results for the ASUS ROG STRIX XG32VQ:
Like always, we began the color accuracy performance section by running a simple test on the XG32VQ right out of the box. For this monitor, Racing mode was set with a brightness of 265 candelas – more than the recommended level for daytime usage.
The colors out of the box for the XG32VQ weren’t great – especially if you’re looking for a monitor that is ready for editing. With a white balance of 7654K, the color of this preset definitely had a blueish hue. That said, black depth came in at 0.097 which was extremely good for dark scenes in movies or games. A contrast ratio of 2722:1 was recorded alongside a gamma of 2.25. Overall deltaE was 2.65, making this unsuitable for editing.
We ran the built-in sRGB simulation profile next, expecting a large boost in color accuracy. However, that wasn’t the case for this monitor. As you can see from the table above, white point dropped a little and black depth stayed pretty much the same. Contrast ratio took a hit down to 1831:1 and gamma was 2.22. More importantly, however, was the increase in average deltaE. It rose to a confusing 2.78, making it worse than the out the box settings.
There was a tonne of other presets inside the monitor’s OSD, but few offered acccuracy that was close to the sRGB spectrum. That said, we did take some notes on the preset which are below:
MOBA – Colors are incredibly washed out – image almost looks black and white with only hints of warmer tones.
Cinema – Cinema mode offers a lot of vibrance and what feels like a gamma-rich profile. Contrast seems strong and darks are deep.
FPS – Colors are more washed out when compared to those of Cinema. This preset is closer to sRGB, with a warmer tone overall.
Scenary – Scenary is somewhere between FPS and Cinema, offering good vibrance in the warmer tones – with less emphasis on deep blacks.
After testing the various presets, I wasted no time and decided to calibrate the panel, recording color gamut, panel uniformity, and overall color accuracy.
We chose the ‘User mode’ color settings and altered the RGB to 100/94/87. For users that like to save multiple presets, the ASUS XG32VQ offers 4 custom profiles that are saved to the onboard memory of the monitor.
Here are the results:
After calibration, the color accuracy of this monitor was much better. As you can see from the table above, the white point was now a near-perfect 6514K, alongside an equally impressive 0.072 black depth. Whilst contrast ratio did take a small dip, the average deltaE improved massively, now offering a 0.31 average – with a high of 1.95. Gamma was still 2.22.
Despite the XG32VQ’s poor accuracy out the box, you are able to get true colors if you want to invest in a colorimeter. Whilst this will set you back a bit, it’ll allow you to utilize this impressive monitor for color-accurate scenarios.
Panel uniformity is a test we run to check how uniform the luminance and color is across the entirety of the screen. During this test, the center square is used as the reference space. Every other square is then tested to see how far it differentiates from the reference.
In an ideal world, we want every square to be green, meaning it hasn’t broken the differential threshold – something we can set at the start of the test.
Note: results will differ from panel to panel.
Panel uniformity for the XG32VQ was a little hit and miss for me personally. Whilst it didn’t show that many red regions, it still only managed to score a medium for panel luminance and color accuracy uniformity. The top left-hand corner of the panel was the worst quadrant tested, showcasing a 2.82 average deviation. This is often the case with panels that showcase poor uniformity, the edges are normally where poor accuracy is found.
There are plenty of green quadrants on this monitor, with the right-hand side besting the left. Overall, the panel uniformity isn’t the best, but it’s not the worst either.
The viewing angles on this monitor aren’t actually as bad as you might expect. That’s mainly thanks to the SVA panel this monitor comes equipped with – offering better viewing angles over the more generic VA alternative. That being said, you still get some mild color shift at around 30-40 degrees.
As part of the calibration process, the DisplayCal will give an accurate measurement of the color gamut the monitor can provide. Below are the results of the color gamut test:
Looking at the color coverage of this monitor, we were pretty impressed overall. Whilst it doesn’t showcase a huge gamut over the sRGB spectrum (131%), it’s still more than enough to provide a good 90% of the DCI-P3 spectrum. That translates to a 99.8% sRGB and 83.1% Adobe RGB coverage – excellent for reproducing realistic colors and vibrance.
Looking at the physical color gamut graph, you can see where the XG32VQ’s gamut exceeds the sRGB spectrum – shown by the dotted line in the above graphic.
Whilst this monitor isn’t the most accurate thing on the market, it still offers a good color gamut that helps to reproduce realistic colors for gaming and video content.
Maximum And Minimum Brightness
We ended the color accuracy and picture quality testing by checking the maximum brightness, minimum brightness, and 120 candelas points on this panel. The results are below:
|30 Brightness||120 cd/m²|
For those who want to use our calibrated color profile, you will find a link below where you can download the zip file.