LG 32GK850G Introduction
- HDR within the CHG70 does not work very well (especially not on as a pc gaming monitor)
- HDR in gaming monitors is a different story compared to TVs because of the harsher viewing angles and combined with it the display loses contrast nearly over the whole panel (especially on VA monitors)
- without a good Direct-LED (or even some well-implemented Edge-LED solutions) feature a VA panel will never be a good option to really enjoy HDR in its full potential. When disabling the dimming zones on my Sone XE9305 (64 dimming zones) HDR looks MUCH worse than with enabled dimming zones.
LG 32GK850G vs Samsung CFG73 / CFG70 - VA vs VA Quantum Dot
- Usually, I'm not a big fan of making such comparisons, simply because of the camera limitations
- It does not record Quantum Dot colors
- It does only record bright OR dark details due to its dynamic range
- Even without the limitation, you wouldn't see the pure red difference when not watching a display that can represent 131% sRGB
LG 32GK850G vs Viewsonic XG2703-GS - IPS vs VA Quantum Dot
- IPS/VA Glow
- Response Time
- Contrast & Black
- Why "only" measurement results are not significant enough to evaluate a panel
- and that the difference in blacks between the LG and Viewsonic is not that huge as you might think
Alternative WQHD 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors with VA
WQHD 144Hz Gaming Monitors with VA and G-Sync:
Acer Predator Z321QU (Not yet released)
Full HD 144Hz Gaming Monitors with VA and Freesync:
MSI Optix MPG27CQ (Not yet released)
Philips 328m6fjmb (Not yet released)
Optimal OSD Settings (on this unit)
- Response Time & Smearing (UFO Test, Sharpness Test
- Homogeneity Test (Grey & color uniformity)
- Color Banding Test
- Frame Skipping
Black point on 120 cd/m2
Brightness ULMB (Backlight Scanning)
ULMB not supported
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Pro & Contra
- 31.5" for an immersive gaming experience
- G-Sync, VA, WQHD - and it works flawlessly
- Very good black uniformity compared to competition
- Strong contrast and deep blacks for current gaming monitors
- A good overall homogeneity (No banding issues as on the CFG & CHG70 in 27")
- Still a good response time for a VA type (but no perfect overdrive settings)
- Very good image quality out of the box
Note: VA Gamma 2.2 looks totally different from IPS Gamma 2.2
- LGs Sphere Lighting which really is useful and finally visible (even in a bright room) It also helps to increase the perception of the black level
- Very good and tiny foot stand to save space on your desk, even the foot stand is not the best in terms of quality and used materials
- Very low Input-Lag
- A good but not perfect black equalizer
- The possibilities to save own presets (only in the existing presets your settings are saved)
- Overall processing is not as good as the competition (Build Quality & Design)
- Mouse "bungee" holder on the bottom monitor side
- No sharpness settings within the monitor OSD. Sharpness settings are good but not perfect.
- Only available in 31.5" (personal preference)
- Foot stand is very lightweight (cheap plastic)
- Min. height adjustment in the foot stand
- Cable management clip is a bit loose
- Greyscale has a bluish tint in darker grey steps. This causes a blue tint in darker image content which is very well visible in both comparison videos against the CFG70 and the Viewsonic XG2703-GS
- Not as fast as the Samsung CFG70 and especially the CHG70 in terms of pixel responsiveness (however, the difference in games isnt really that huge)
- Viewing angles for the left and right "16:9" area is a bit dimmed & less vibrant in colors (washed out) because of the panel size of 31.5"
- Colors are not as intense as current WQHD IPS 144Hz models and Samsung Quantum Dot gaming monitors
- Matte panel coating (worse for contrast and combined with it the blacks, colors and the overall picture quality)
- No ULMB added, even its a native 144Hz model with a G-Sync chip
- Less smearing on 120Hz than on 144Hz and 165Hz
- Smearing (low Grey-to-Black response time)
- The VA Glow (but less obvious than the Samsung CFG70/73 series and even a bit less than the Samsung CHG70
- Viewing Angles (you have to sit at the perfect angle) to avoid as much VA Glow
and loss of saturation as possible. (Don't trust data sheets from manufacturers).
Viewing angles especially are bad for dark image content
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Hey mate I already have answered you on YouTube:
"I also was wondering while I saw this review before I've reviewed my unit. I'm using the x rite i1 which is quite accurate for contrast measurements (spectrometer). Otherwise, my IPS panel measurements wouldn't have a contrast between 1000-1300."
The Spyder 5 is inaccurate for contrast measurements. Usually, the results on the Spyder 5 are mostly worse than with the X-Rite (for example Asus PG278QR on the X-Rite = 1000:1, on the Spyder Elite 5 = around 800:1)
I have measured the contrast without any calibration (No ICC profile + native color temperature). The Contrast also can change drastically in the place where blacks are measured, even 1 or 2 cms can already change the result (mostly when near the center some clouding appears). But David also told me that they have received a product from LG (test product) which probably is a tested (quality controlled) one. Hopefully in future I can order 3 units so to find out better what the average customer will get :)
Yes, but you should consider that downscaling from a native 1440p to 1080p will look blurry and less sharp than a native 1080p monitor for example. There are also some 144Hz VA 32" 1080p monitors on the market with 144Hz
30-144/165 hz, sorry mate for the late response
Hey mate, I am not sure yet since I am trying to organize limbs cave a bit different since a review currently just takes too much time. Maybe I am focusing in future more on more reviews and quality compared to TOO much video content. Will try my best
Capping the frame rate a few fps below 120 or capping at 118fps using RTSS external limiter would not only keep the ghosting tight(er) since you wouldn't be exceeding the response time of the monitor (as much overall) .. you would also probably eliminate the cs:go tearing mentioned in the video which is probably due to enormous frame rates exceeding the monitor's max Hz. This also would prevent your frame rate from exceeding the max refresh rate of the monitor where g-sync essentially reverts back to v-sync mode which adds input lag. For the record, if lucky enough to be playing a game with and in game engine frame rate limiter, they typically add no real lag. Using RTSS app to cap frame rates adds up to 1 frame of input lag where nvidia control panel frame rate limitation adds 2 frames of input lag so nvidia's is not recommended. Using g-sync: in game menu frame rate limiter > RTSS > NvidiaCpl > none/v-sync on overages.
Additionally, even though it would "ruin" calibration, bumping the digital vibrance up in the neighborhood of ~ +64% and cutting the R and G down in the OSD while increasing the brightness and contrast can really make this monitor pop for games. If using more than one monitor and using the 32GK850G primarily for gaming this looks great in my opinion. You can also use third party tools like vibrancer which will boost the saturation by an amount specified on a per game basis automatically whenever that game's exe is launched and switch it back when the game is exited.
This monitor's size increase and black depth/contrast ratio are a big upgrade from my PG278Q swift TN. The 32GK850G has something like triple the contrast ratio and black depth and 4.5" size increase is great even at 1440p since this monitor is primarily for gaming and I have other monitors at my desk. At $600 on sale this was a much better option for me than $2000+ FALD HDR with poor base contrast and black level. In 2019 we should have some LG HDMI 2.1 4k native input HDR OLED tvs with VRR (variable refresh rate hdmi standard) and QFT (quick frame transport for low input lag gaming). Unfortunatel, even though xbox already supports VRR.. I'm guessing we won't see PC gpus supporting hdmi 2.1 and VRR until 2020, perhaps from intel's discreet gpu venture or amd. I'd think nvidia would drag their feet forever trying to monetize g-sync as long as possible but maybe they'll surprise me.
I did not test the LG on 120/118 Hz in CS:GO - So personally, I cannot tell you if this "solution" will work regarding tearings. I also did not test it with RTSS cap tbh but it sounds plausible.
When decreasing RGB settings for the white point (color temperature) you always will lose contrast (because you are lowering the max brightness peak as well while the black point is the same and does not change).
It is true the LG has a 3x higher contrast than a TN panel (IN MEASUREMENT RESULTS) but the VA Glow is NOT included in measurement results so that the brighten up blacks around the center will have maybe a contrast around 1500:1. But yes, for 600$ the price of course is better in my opinion than a 2500€ FALD monitor (for now) :P (except you are rich ;D)