Great colors and excellent picture quality are two of the main factors that help create immersion in any gaming monitor. Whilst this is the case, gaming monitor manufacturers rarely calibrate their panels to what is deemed accurate within certain color spectrums – sRGB/Rec.709 for example.
We like to test each monitor for color reproduction to see how the panels perform in color-accurate scenarios.
Here are the results for the new Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165.
Like always, we started the color accuracy portion of this review by testing the Corsair Xeneon right out of the box. The monitor was set to the ‘Standard’ color preset with brightness set to ’50’and gamma at 2.2. For brightness, this was around 206 nits – more than the recommended for daily usage.
We reduced the brightness to 120 candelas (24 brightness) and began the test. Out of the box, this wasn’t the worst monitor we’ve ever tested. It returned a 6683K white point, 0.13 cd/m black depth, and a respectable 917:1 contrast ratio. Whilst this is lower than the marketed specs for contrast ratio, it’s fairly standard across most IPS panels to see a sub 1000:1 result. That said, the average deltaE was fairly poor, averaging a score of 6.14 – the worst preset we tested. Gamma was set to 2.26 – close to the 2.2 ideal that we would expect. Finally, the Xeneon out of the box returned a poor whitepoint deltaE accuracy of 7.37.
We then moved on to the sRGB emulation preset found in the monitor’s OSD. Before we start this test, it’s worth mentioning that by utilizing this preset, you will have other color settings restricted (contrast, color channels, saturation, sharpness, and gamma). That said, we ran the test and results were a little hit and miss. General whitepoint measured in at 6699K, with a black depth of 0.1246 cd/m and 971:1 contrast ratio. More impressive, however, was the 1.11 average deltaE that was recorded against the sRGB color space. That said, a whitepoint accuracy of 8.36 was also measured – offering a cool look to most scenes. Gamma returned at 2.28.
Finally, we ran the ‘Game’ preset out of curiosity. As expected, it was much less accurate than the sRGB emulation – albeit not as poor as the out the box settings. We measured a 6729K whitepoint, 0.1324 cd/m black depth, and 921:1 contrast ratio. Average deltaE was fairly poor, measuring in at 4.51. Whitepoint accuracy was, again, quite weak, measuring in at 7.52.
Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 calibration
Before entering into the full calibration of this panel, we measured the sRGB in a more in-depth test. The results were fairly decent, however, maximum deltaE measured in at 4.78 – effectively making some color tunes not suitable for professional color accurate work.
A full list of results for both the calibrated profile and indepth sRGB tests can be found below.
We used the ‘custom’ color temperature mode for calibration – adjusting the RGB to 99/90/94
Below are the results after the calibration process was complete:
After calibration, we saw an impressive jump in the overall accuracy of this panel – to be expected. The Corsair Xeneon now displayed excellent whitepoint and deltaE’s across the board. An average deltaE of 0.22 was recorded, alongside a max of 1.05 – making this monitor very accurate after calibration. Gamma was much closer to the 2.2 ideal (2.21) but contrast ratio did take a substantial dip – now reading 892:1.
Whilst the monitor wasn’t hugely accurate right out of the box, it did tick some boxes as far as pre-calibrated settings go. Unfortunately, whilst the sRGB emulation was accurate, it did restrict the user’s access to important color settings.
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.
The panel uniformity for the Corsair Xeneon was a little bit hit and miss for professional content – especially considering the IPS technology behind this display. As you can see from the graphic above, only a few areas scored a green result (recommended tolerance passed). In fact, the majority of the panel sat in the amber zone, only just passing what is considered acceptable.
One square – top left-hand corner – did result in a red score, showcasing a -5.53cd/m average deltaE across its space.
We ran a very quick viewing angles test on the Xeneon to see what the panel would be like for multi-person usage – or just viewing it from wide angles. Modern IPS panels are renowned for producing fantastic viewing angles and the Xeneon is no different.
As you can see from the video below, viewing this monitor from obscure angles still resulted in viewable content. At around 80 degrees, the monitor did start to experience color shift, but that’s to be expected. Overall, the monitor offered very good viewing angles.
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:
In the marketing specs, Corsair boasts a 100% sRGB and 100% Adobe RGB coverage – both of which seem to be the case with the panel we received. Overall sRGB volume sat at 182% (one of the widest we’ve tested), with equally impressive 125.4% Adobe RGB and 128.9% DCI P3 volumes. This is mainly thanks to the quantum dot technology that resides within the panel, helping extend the color gamut far past the relative spectrums.
Above is the physical color gamut graph, showcasing the monitor’s color gamut next to the sRGB space – marked by the dotted line. As you can see, the panel clearly extends past the sRGB space, offering up a huge amount of additional color coverage.
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:
|100% Brightness||360 cd/m²|
|0% Brightness||39 cd/m²|
|24 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.