Wednesday, September 11th 2019

MSI Launches the PS341WU Prestige Monitor - 34" Nano IPS, 5120 x 2160, 60 Hz, 5 ms

MSI launched their latest monitor, in the form of the PS341WU Prestige monitor. This one comes in an all-white design with gold MSI accents - a welcome departure from the usual black color scheme preferred for these particular peripherals. The Prestige has been built with screen real-estate and color accuracy in mind - a monitor designed purely for gaming this is not. Its 21:9 aspect ratio is already slightly hit or miss in official game support, compounded by the 60 Hz refresh rate and 5 ms response time.

The monitor makes up for this for professionals or casual gamers (and aren't most of us?) due to its resolution and color rendition, tough: 5120 x 2160 pixels covering 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and 100% sRGB. DisplayHDR 600 certification is also on board, meaning up to 600 nits peak brightness and high-contrast HDR content delivery. The monitor's contrast ratio is set at 1,200:1, and support for display of 1.07 billion colors. Connectivity stands at 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type B, 1x 3.5 mm headphone jack, mic in and an audio jack. It's currently available for preorder in select retailers for $1,199.99.
Source: Tom's Hardware
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17 Comments on MSI Launches the PS341WU Prestige Monitor - 34" Nano IPS, 5120 x 2160, 60 Hz, 5 ms

#1
bug
Not bad. I'm not a fan of MSI and I don't know how good their monitor QC is, but based on specs, this is something I could use. I'd prefer 16:9 (16:10 actually, but who makes that these days), but I could live with this.
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potato580+
ips / va panel usually used mprt response time, it is bassicaly not faster than regular 5ms greytogrey on tn panel, i personally own 2 ips panel with 1ms, which only can be achieved by setting overide, this mode replace blurry/fuzzy caused by slow respnse time as fast as possible by black block, but the rundown is your screen almost completely dark, so its basiclly useless to run on 1ms rather normal setup, overall is good for graphic display, clean and very deep colour produce, but not for fighting / shooter/competitive games:)
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#3
bug
potato580+, post: 4114635, member: 190337"
ips / va panel usually used mprt response time, it is bassicaly not faster than regular 5ms greytogrey on tn panel, i personally own 2 ips panel with 1ms, which only can be achieved by setting overide, this mode replace blurry/fuzzy caused by slow respnse time as fast as possible with black block, but the rundown is your screen almost completely dark, so its basiclly useless to run on 1ms rather normal setup, overall is good for graphic display, clean and very deep colour produce, but not for fighting / shooter/competitive games:)
60Hz and DisplayHDR certification says this is not meant for gaming anyway.
Plus, we all know the TN vs IPS/VA story. It's been the same for years.
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#4
potato580+
yup i just pointing out based my experience, sometimes many monitor brand put certification without care abt costumer, how come they released certified in ips/va panel as gaming monitor, they should inform more detail if they care abt costumer, i own both 2 gaming monitor, dell 1080p and acer 27vgo 2k, both labeled as gaming certifications, thats not bothering me anyway, i still enjoy gaming in ips, i just have to say it:p
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#5
bug
potato580+, post: 4114640, member: 190337"
yup i just pointing out based my experience, sometimes many monitor brand put certification without care abt costumer, how come they released certified in ips/va panel as gaming monitor, they should inform more detail if they care abt costumer, i own both 2 gaming monitor, dell 1080p and acer 27vgo 2k, both labeled as gaming certifications, thats not bothering me anyway, i still enjoy gaming in ips, i just have to say it:p
Well, as far as games go, this is still perfect for anything but FPS. So it can play 90% of the games out there without being specifically tailored for gaming.
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#6
potato580+
the onyl sound like a scam is they always include advertise on product as 1ms/zero ms/ultra response time/no more blur/zero blur bla bla bla, thats actually sometimes make me sick and feel just got scam heheh:D
sry for out topic and yeah msi is well known brand in my country, aint cheap brand, my friend own optix 24inch curve, i can see how well design+beautiful va panel could be, so i dont doubt abt this new product, must be one of ther greates ultrawide 4k on market
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#7
bug
potato580+, post: 4114648, member: 190337"
the onyl sound like a scam is they always include advertise on product as 1ms/zero ms/ultra response time/no more blur/zero blur bla bla bla, thats actually sometimes make me sick and feel just got scam heheh:D
Yeah, I kinda disregard the advertised response time altogether lately. Especially since many monitors get their response times by applying so aggressive an overdrive, the overshooting artifacts make games look worse than ghosting would.
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#8
atomicus
bug, post: 4114645, member: 157434"
Well, as far as games go, this is still perfect for anything but FPS. So it can play 90% of the games out there without being specifically tailored for gaming.
Sure, it can play games, but it's far from "perfect" given lack of VRR... and that DOES make a difference in games other than first person shooters. Unless you're just talking about Civ or anything very meandering.

This res is a pig to run in demanding titles also, even with a 2080Ti, making that lack of VRR even more noticeable.
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#9
lexluthermiester
bug, post: 4114631, member: 157434"
(16:10 actually, but who makes that these days)
Same here. I make do with a pair of 27" 1440P displays.
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#11
Chloe Price
thesmokingman, post: 4114938, member: 91203"
Only 60hz? Who is this screen intended for?
There still exist us who don't need a "gaming" monitor.
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#12
thesmokingman
Chloe Price, post: 4114968, member: 123719"
There still exist us who don't need a "gaming" monitor.
Even "if" you don't game, I'd want a higher refresh on the desktop.
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#13
JAB Creations
Currently using a 32" "4K" (3.8K) Samsung. I preferred 16:10 when I was running a 1920x1200 screen. I work at 2560x1440 though game at 3.8K.

I wish the pictures posted were higher definition; is that a card reader? Kind of cool; I've always disliked accessories handing off of my main case so anything that consolidates (like my 5.25 bay 2.5 + 3.5 + 2x USB 3.0 port adapter) makes me happy. I'd much rather have one consolidated larger case than one smaller one with tons of stuff hanging off or on the sides.

My 32" is too small if I was going to work at 4K so I work at 2560 (and that is comfortable). I'm taking a wild guess that I'd want at least a 42" to work at a native 4K and maybe a 50" to work at 5K? The real-world physical area is important so as a developer I can see individual components at a reasonable distance.

I agree about quality control; I am not familiar enough with MSI though I have recently seen the Gamers Nexus video about them skimping out on the thermal pads for the memory chips on the 5700 XT (it could be isolated or it could be company wide).

This is definitely a higher-end work station monitor for those of us who work first and game at the end of the day after we're burned out. The $1,200 tag is a bit steep though, I got my 32" 4K for $900 (again, work/design related first, gaming second) a few years ago so at best I'd see this at the same price level (even after the added accessories). Definitely give MSI kudos for coming up with an interested/unique take in a highly crowded market.
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#14
lexluthermiester
thesmokingman, post: 4114938, member: 91203"
Only 60hz? Who is this screen intended for?
Chloe Price, post: 4114968, member: 123719"
There still exist us who don't need a "gaming" monitor.
And most people don't need more than 60hz, even for gaming. It's only pros and elites that want/need 120+hz
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#15
Minus Infinity
I don't really care about the refresh although 90Hz would have been nice. But tell me this, I game with a 16:9 res, will it display with black bars at the side and not stretch the game to fill the screen?
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#16
bug
Minus Infinity, post: 4115143, member: 178790"
I don't really care about the refresh although 90Hz would have been nice. But tell me this, I game with a 16:9 res, will it display with black bars at the side and not stretch the game to fill the screen?
There's no reason you can't define a custom 16:9 resolution and then tell the monitor to not scale at all ;)

@JAB Creations When I said QC I was worrying more about panel uniformity and backlight bleeding. These things bite even the more experienced players in the market, I'm not going to give MSI a carte-blanche on them.
One other thing is I have seen DisplayHDR certification slapped on monitors with as little as 8 dimming zones and MSI is mum about their implementation. A number of reviews are in order, imho.
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#17
net2007
"DisplayPort, 1x"

Lame. Should have been dp 1.4, this resolution could have been 75hz and then push 4k @ 120hz 8 bit and 10bit 98hz.
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