AOC Agon AG322QCX offers 32″ of gaming goodness on the cheap

We've already written once about AOC's Agon AG322QCX gaming monitor, but its spec sheet is impressive enough to revisit now that the screen is shipping. Besides the alphanumeric soup name, the AG322QCX sports a host of letters and numbers that should make gamers happy, like a resolution of 2560×1440, 1800R curvature, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and a 4-ms response time. That's all realized on a vision-filling 16:9 VA panel that's 32" across and infused with AMD's FreeSync. AOC says the display should reach a somewhat pedestrian 300 cd/m² brightness level, but that it also has an impressive 2000:1 contrast ratio.

Buyers can use the AG322QCX's external control dongle to change monitor settings and recall three independent presets. The base is adjustable for tilt, height, and swivel, and includes a built-in carrying handle for LAN gamers. A headphone hook provides a place to stow a set of cans when they're not in use. LED accent lighting on the back of the monitor can light up in blue, green, or red. The monitor has HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort connectors, though there are no speakers or a USB hub.

AOC's Agon AG322QCX gaming monitor is on sale now at Microcenter for $400, a price that's quite reasonable given the numbers on the spec sheet. We're sure the display will be available soon at places like Amazon and Newegg for those without a nearby Microcenter. AOC backs the monitor with a three-year warranty.

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    • Quiet Sun
    • 2 years ago

    300 cd/m² brightness is pedestrian, while 2000:1 contrast is impressive? Ever seen a plasma or CRT?

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Curved monitors – no thanks. I’m still riding the perfectly flat panel bandwagon.

      • Quiet Sun
      • 2 years ago

      Unless you’re working with something like CAD, I really don’t see why. I for one would hate flat for this size at desktop distance.

    • meerkt
    • 2 years ago

    A contrast ratio of 2000 is poor for VA. Though, if the viewing angles are good, that may compensate.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      That’s what I was thinking, but that’s probably more to do with the low brightness than elevated black levels.

      As long as the blacks are black, rather than IPS’s grey, I’m happy.

        • meerkt
        • 2 years ago

        I assume they all quote their best CR value on the brightness curve, or maybe on a standardized 100 or 120 cd/m^2 brightness.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 2 years ago

      VA panels seemed to peak at 5000:1 a while back, and for some reason manufacturers appear to have mostly decided it’s not worth bothering. Maybe it’s a necessary trade-off to push VA to quicker response times…
      Or maybe they’re just cutting corners to drop prices and boost margins.

    • Firestarter
    • 2 years ago

    at that price I could definitely forgive the brightness and curve. That combo of resolution, size, refresh rate, colors, angles, contrast and price sounds like one hell of a deal

    • jihadjoe
    • 2 years ago

    Freesync range: 48-144Hz + LFC

    Now that is a legit gaming monitor!

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 2 years ago

      And it’s not 1080P!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      Now you just need an AMD GPU to exceed the minimum frame requirements.

      sup?

        • Shobai
        • 2 years ago

        Not_at_all_Bro: I’m sure that several of the available Nvidia GPUs would be capable of exceeding the minimum frame requirements.

        • tay
        • 2 years ago

        Wait for… oh?

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah. No idea why they curved it, though. 32″ 16:9 is way too small.

        • Quiet Sun
        • 2 years ago

        32″ may be too small, but it’s more than big enough to benefit from a curve.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      What’s the range of the Samsung C32HG70? (I can’t find it)

        • Magic Hate Ball
        • 2 years ago

        80-120hz

          • DPete27
          • 2 years ago

          Reference?
          That doesn’t sound right. Since that wouldn’t satisfy FreeSync2 requirements of LFC = 2.5x refresh range (which I suppose equates to 48Hz to 120Hz range, so I probably answered my own question)

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 2 years ago

    Dang. I’m planning a build with an RX 580 to put my 27″ Freesync 1080 monitor back into proper use, but this just threw a wrench in my plan. I may need to come up with another $400…

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Preorder an RX Vega 56 and flip your RX 580 on craigslist for $500 when the Vega turns up.

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        Owns the monitor, not the RX580

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 2 years ago

    From their site the range is: HDMI2.0/DP : 30 -230KHz (H), 48-146Hz (V)

    So, what’s the actual FreeSync range? Because I think I finally found a reason to let my toddler crawl on my desk and thrash my current monitor.

      • tsk
      • 2 years ago

      The day monitor manufacturers learn to list all important specs is the day techreport starts using tables for specs in articles.

      • jihadjoe
      • 2 years ago

      48-144 according to a review [url=https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-ag322qcx/<]here @ pcmonitors.info[/url<]. It's pretty comprehensive and includes a 50Hz video portion showing all sorts of gameplay.

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