AOC AG322QCX Review
 
by Lim, August 15, 2017 6:25 pm
 

AOC Agon AG322QCX Review: A new hope! 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor combined with a VA Panel. Good price-performance ratio, solid blacks, and a fast response time.

 

 

Introduction

So the big question is: AOC AG322QCX or the Samsung CHG70? As always, I would say it depends. In image quality, the CHG70 is still a bit better. Especially, if you don't need a Motion Blur Reduction you can take a closer look into the AOC AG322QCX. In terms of the price, the AOC is more attractive. It also has a much better Freesync range (48-144Hz) compared to the Samsung CHG70 (80-144Hz, after the new firmware update the Samsung has 70-144Hz). Horizontal scan lines, as same as Text-Inversion issues also are visible on the AOC, even a bit less compared to the Samsung CHG70. Overall the AOC is a good choice, a good response time, solid blacks, decent VA Glow... The biggest issue for me is oversaturated and unnatural colors. Choosing the sRGB mode within the OSD could help but first, blacks become a very noticeable purple tint, and second, we cannot change brightness while the sRGB mode is chosen. So, let's take an in-depth look into the AOC.
 
IMPORTANT(!) Updates and new information about the AOC AG322QCX can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).
 
 

Specifications

Panel Type VA
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and format 31.5" Inch
Maximum Resolution 2560x1440 (WQHD)
Pixel density 93.25 (Pixel per inch)
Refresh rate 144 Hz native
Native color depth and color space 8-bit, 100% sRGB
Response time (GtG) 4 ms
Brightness 350cd/m2
Integrated speakers Yes
Video inputs 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DP 1.2, 1x VGA
Audio 3.5mm headphone (out)
USB Hub Yes 2x USB 3.0
power consumption ??
Frame width 9 mm (left, top, right), 28mm bottom
Warranty 3 years
Ergonomics Tilt, Height, Swivel
Adaptive Sync Freesync
Free-Sync Range 40-144 Hz
Contrast (Native) 2000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved Yes
 
 

 

Alternatives

Alternative 144Hz WQHD (2560x1440) VA monitors to the AOC AG322QCX:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the AOC AGON AG322QCX here: Buy on Amazon

 

With Freesync

Samsung CHG70 (31.5" and 27" Inch) Review / Buy 27" or 31.5" on Amazon
Philips 328m6fjmb (31.5") Not released yet

Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ (31.5") Not released yet

 

With G-Sync:

LG 32GK850G (32") Not released yet

 

 

YouTube Video Review

 

 

 

Measurement data

Contrast, Brightness and Black Point:

 

Presets and Measurements:


 

Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):


 

Measurements after calibration:

 

 

Comparison Charts

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Samsung CHG70
473
Samsung S25HG50
421
Asus MG248Q
397
LG 24GM79G
384
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
381
Viewsonic XG2401
381
AOC AG322QCX
318

Maximum contrast x:1
AOC AG322QCX
2890
Samsung CHG70
2102
Viewsonic XG2401
1107
LG 24GM79G
1100
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
1065
Samsung S25HG50
924
Asus MG248Q
798

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
AOC AG322QCX
0,05
Samsung CHG70
0,06
LG 24GM79G
0,11
Viewsonic XG2401
0,11
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
0,12
Samsung S25HG50
0,15
Asus MG248Q
0,17

 

 

 

Ufo-Testpictures /  Text-Scrolling / Chase-Square Test / Eiffeltower-Test / sRGB / Homogeneity

 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

- Very good contrast ratio and clearly over the stated 2000:1
- Freesync with a range between 48-144 Hz + AMD LFC
(Low Framerate Compensation)
- Excellent blacks
- Good build quality
- Nice foot stand and good ergonomics
- Good OSD navigation
- Good VA viewing angles
- Good overdrive settings
- Very low input lag
- Included OSD navigation USB device
- Very good uniformity

 

Neutral:

- Good but not "perfect" gamma settings
- Added sharpness which cant be removed
- Half matte panel coating
- Loud Humming sounds on pixel inversion test pattern
(also a bit of brighter image content)
Update: Can be avoided when setting the volume to 0
- Some VA black crush issues
- A bit of clouding on the top and lower bezels

 

Contra:

- Vertical Scanlines + Text Inversion as same as on the Samsung CHG70 (a bit less visible)
- Colors have a red tint and look sometimes to oversaturated, even against the Samsung CHG70
- The VA typical "VA Glow"
- sRGB mode is pretty useless (blacks getting purple and huge color banding issues in sRGB mode)

 

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1    Michael    November 29, 2017 6:13 pm
¿knows if AOC has corrected the sound problem?

min: 13:45 --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alrtMKqcQ_U&t=594s
Answer from Lim's Cave - December 13, 2017 12:33 am

No, but you can set the sound to 0 and the issue is solved :)