AOC AG352UCG Curved G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

Viewing Angles, Uniformity, Response & Lag

Viewing Angles

We can see a little haziness in both the horizontal planes when the viewing angle exceeds 45°. Also visible is a slight red shift though light falloff is only around 30%. The AG352UCG’s AMVA panel shows typical performance in this area. IPS will offer better off-axis quality, but with lower contrast. Given the intended use of a curved ultra-wide screen, we’ll take dynamic range every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

Screen Uniformity

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Careful quality control is required to keep bleed and glow away from curved monitors, especially those with an 1800mm radius like this one. The black field test yields no problems whatsoever. Its 9.39% score puts it in a large group of quality, premium displays. We were a little surprised when it posted a higher number in the white field test, but 11.48% is not a concern. If one looks closely enough, a bright zone can be seen in our sample’s center from top to bottom. The issue is completely invisible in actual content. And the color uniformity test reveals no issues at all. 1.94dE means any errors can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Pixel Response & Input Lag

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We’ve tested two monitors recently that redefined our perceptions of speed: the Asus PG258Q and Acer’s XB252Q. Both can sustain 240 FPS when driven by a suitably powerful video card and have virtually no input lag. After being spoiled by them, it’s easy to spot the difference a 100Hz monitor makes. Though we are not highly-skilled gamers by any means, we can see the difference in motion resolution between 7 and 11ms. It may be tiny but it’s there. G-Sync certainly helps in this situation, and makes a larger impact as framerates decrease. At 3440x1440 pixels, many games won’t play much above 100 FPS anyway. 38ms is a respectable lag score, but the higher refresh screens are a little better in this test. The AG352UCG is still a great gaming monitor for nearly any player as our hands-on experience is about to demonstrate.

Gaming With G-Sync

The quest for smooth gaming is always a balance between resolution and refresh rate. The 240Hz monitors we reviewed (XB252Q and PG258Q) both run at 1920x1080 pixels, which makes it far easier for them to achieve their full potential of 240 FPS. The AG352UCG maxes at 100Hz but its 3440x1440 dot-count will require a fair amount of processing power to hit 100 FPS in more demanding titles like Far Cry 4.

We started with that game, as it still represents one of the most difficult tests of any system. With detail levels maxed, we saw right around 100 FPS during the most intense battle sequences. Our G-Sync test system recently received a brand-new GTX 1080Ti FE, which has upped performance significantly. We can’t wait to test an Ultra HD screen with it.

Our first observation was excessive ghosting when using the overdrive’s Strong setting. Though motion blur was non-existent, there were obvious black trails in areas of fine detail. They only got worse as we moved the mouse more quickly. Dialing back to Medium cured the problem.

At 100 FPS, we certainly enjoyed a smooth experience in Far Cry 4, and clarity was top notch thanks to the high pixel density. It seems even with our new video board, this is about the highest framerate we can muster. Even our 240Hz screens didn’t offer much more speed. Control response was as good as we’ve seen from any previous monitor, so skilled players should be satisfied with the AG352UCG’s low input lag. While panels with higher refresh rates post lower latency numbers, the eye and hand will have a hard time discerning a difference.

Moving on to Tomb Raider, we easily pegged the FPS-meter at 100 regardless of gameplay intensity. And we observed the same behavior in the overdrive control. Medium is clearly the starting point. We never had a situation where turning it off was the right choice, but Strong simply causes too much black ghosting.

Lastly, we spent a few hours playing Bioshock Infinite, which represents a light load to the system while providing a satisfying level of detail and interest. Control response is clearly faster than either Far Cry 4 or Tomb Raider, which required an adjustment to the mouse sensitivity to keep things from becoming too jerky. None of this translated to tears or actual stutter, however. Even with complex water textures on the screen, we never saw anything less than perfection.

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  • ledhead11
    Thanks for the review.

    Not in the market for an monitor but if I was I'd probably get this one. Good size, resolution, and the 100hz is actually a reasonable mark for people with single gpu solutions. At ultra many games can pull down even a 1080ti into the 60-100fps range at a resolution like this.
  • AgentLozen
    Quote:
    If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to add one of these screens to your system, the price/performance ratio has never been more attractive.


    Sounds like this monitor is deserving of an award but it's definitely not there. I suspect that it will pop up in a few hours after a ninja edit.
  • mihen
    I think the issue this monitor faces is quite simple. The price premium on a gsync monitor. I looked at them recently and there is a $200 markup over the FreeSync version. It's just really hard to suggest these monitors when a person is on a $2000 budget for the whole machine when that difference is an entire graphics card tier.
  • jrocksmooth
    As of 11/6/17, Microcenter has this monitor for $799. Fantastic deal for a 35" curved ultrawide 1440p.

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/476971/AG352UCG_35_Agon_LED_Gaming_Monitor_w-_NVIDIA_G-Sync
  • cmsvmylo
    This monitor will probably be my christmas present!
  • simfreak101
    still waiting for the next version of the Samsung CHG90 with DP 1.4; If they can get it to 7680x1440@100hz /w gsync then i would buy that and replace my 3 monitor setup i have right now.
  • Colin_10
    It still baffles me that these things are so expensive, there have been monitors at this resolution/frame rate for a few years now and still we are seeing 800 price points. I obviously don't know anything about the difficulty of manufacturing these things but it sure surprises me that price has remained this high for this long. Monitors seem to be one of those things that just doesn't drop in price. Graphics cards get replaced so fast due to advancements in tech that if you don't want to buy a 1080ti for 700 now, wait 2-3 years and you can get the 1260ti for 200 dollars and it has the same performance.
  • aberkae
    Dell Alienware 34 inch ips gsync display 3440*1440p on sale for $999 plus $75 gift card oc-able from 100hz to 120hz. Fyi
  • rguermas
    Great
  • gaborbarla
    What a great monitor, for a new setup this is great. Sadly it is hard sell for most serious gamers to justify going back from 144Hz to 100Hz. Sure, this is a spectacular looking monitor, it is huge, resolution is decent, curved for immersion and has higher than 60Hz. But 144Hz is a bare minimum for me, and I will only seriously consider it only once it satisfies that target.
  • dark_lord69
    I don't get it...
    Does it suck your d***?
  • Tanquen
    Curved, why distort the picture more and in a way your brain down like? The games are isometric so you’re just squishing the screen in the middle a bit. ??? :(
    1440 and like a foot tall. :(
    21:9 :(
    Wanting a flat 16:10 display in a 32:1 curved world. :(
  • uglyduckling81
    194916 said:
    Curved, why distort the picture more and in a way your brain down like? The games are isometric so you’re just squishing the screen in the middle a bit. ??? :( 1440 and like a foot tall. :( 21:9 :( Wanting a flat 16:10 display in a 32:1 curved world. :(

    Actually it's the opposite to your understanding. If the curve is right and your in the right spot the picture will be true. Same distance to your eyes at all points. With a large flat panel you get a distorted view at any point other than directly in front. Becoming more distorted the further out you go. It's why curved panels are a thing, otherwise the ultra wide format would be quite crappy to look at and use. I'm not sure what the squishing is your referring to but it's not a thing. It's essentially just a flat panel picture but adjusted so you get a truer view of the picture.
  • matthew_258
    hopefully 599$ @ Microcenter...i would wait in that line.
  • hixbot
    I want a high refresh rate, gsync, VA panel for gaming with good contrast. Unfortunately the only manufacturer making gaming VA panels, AUO, (who made the panel inside this AOC display) are only making curved displays. Curved is a dealbreaker for me.
  • cryoburner
    2185404 said:
    It still baffles me that these things are so expensive, there have been monitors at this resolution/frame rate for a few years now and still we are seeing 800 price points. I obviously don't know anything about the difficulty of manufacturing these things but it sure surprises me that price has remained this high for this long. Monitors seem to be one of those things that just doesn't drop in price. Graphics cards get replaced so fast due to advancements in tech that if you don't want to buy a 1080ti for 700 now, wait 2-3 years and you can get the 1260ti for 200 dollars and it has the same performance.

    Except these screens are getting better. A few years ago, gaming-focused VA screens with high refresh rates weren't a thing. If you wanted high refresh rates, you were stuck with TN panels. Since then, high refresh rate IPS screens came out to offer better color accuracy and viewing angles, and now high refresh rate VA screens are bringing up to three times the contrast ratios of TN or IPS panels. Other technologies are being incorporated into these screens to improve image quality as well. Resolution and refresh rate are not the only things that affect the quality of a monitor.

    And of course, prices can only drop so far. Compared to something like a graphics card, significantly more materials go into a monitor, and the cost to manufacture a panel of a particular size and resolution generally isn't going to massively drop from one year to the next.

    Also, graphics cards are not really a very good comparison right now, due to the shortages and price spikes that occurred this year. The cards we have now are more or less the same ones that were released last year, only most of them cost more now than they did then.
  • jasonelmore
    Subpar panel with limited refresh rate. Bring on the 600hz Quantum Dot Gsync Samsung!
  • JakeWearingKhakis
    My monitor is also VA

    Viotek 27" 144hz Freesync 1080p Curved

    I paid $249.00
  • Lutfij
    So no award? :) Good write up and review, keep up the good work!
  • dryslot
    @LUTFIJ That is my question too! I read this entire review and watched it trade punches with the Acer Predator Z301C, yet the Acer received Editor's Choice (isn't that Tom's highest?) while the AOC here received nothing.

    Maybe Acer's Tobii Eye tracking put it over the top? Sure, it has higher refresh at 200hz but it's "only" a 30" monitor at 1080p vs this 35" beast at 1440p.

    I understand that a 30" ultrawide is certainly in a sweet spot for many folks with video cards in the sub 1080 range, I'm one of them with a GTX 1070. And that is why I'm still considering the Acer. But I'm still leaning toward the AOC here which is no more expensive and feels more future-proof with the higher resolution. If I have to upgrade my video card, I'll accept my fate.