Friday, December 27th 2019

MSI Unveils the Optix MAG272QR 27-inch Fast 1440p Monitor

MSI today unveiled the Optix MAG272QR, a 27-inch fast gaming monitor. Slotted in the company's Arsenal Gaming family, the MAG272QR features a VA panel with WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, 165 Hz refresh-rate, 1 ms (GTG) response-time, AMD FreeSync support, and 95.6% DCI-P3 coverage. Other key panel specs include 10 bpc color (1.07 billion colors), 178°/178° viewing-angles, 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, and dynamic mega-contrast ratio, besides 3000:1 static contrast.

The Optix MAG272QR features a stand that lets you adjust height, 90° rotation to portrait mode, ±75° swivel, and 5-20° tilt. Behind the monitor are RGB LED embellishments that you control with MSI Mystic Light RGB app, and can also configure as mood-light. Display inputs include USB-C (DisplayPort TMDS passthrough), standard DisplayPort 1.2a, and two HDMI 2.0b inputs; all of which support the monitor's full 1440p resolution. Using HDMI 2.0b caps the refresh-rate to 144 Hz. Available now, the Optix MAG272QR is priced at USD $350.
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28 Comments on MSI Unveils the Optix MAG272QR 27-inch Fast 1440p Monitor

#1
argon
we need 240hz 1440p not 165hz........
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#2
Pooya
argon
we need 240hz 1440p not 165hz........
And exactly what graphics card is gonna give you 240 fps on 1440p?
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#3
Zenith
Pooya
And exactly what graphics card is gonna give you 240 fps on 1440p?
gtx680 on 2007 title ;)
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#4
ShurikN
Pooya
And exactly what graphics card is gonna give you 240 fps on 1440p?
Two 2080Tis might, but only if SLI works perfectly for the game. Which it doesn't, usually...
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#5
Octopuss
argon
we need 240hz 1440p not 165hz........
Why?
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#6
radekr
Finally!
27 + WQHD + high refresh rate + VA panel (Yes!) + FLAT screen + FLAT monitor base that can be set anywhere!
300cd is a little bit low - especially for HDR (350 would be perfect), but I will have to live with it :)
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#7
RH92
argon
we need 240hz 1440p not 165hz........
Says who ? Heck even 144Hz would be decent at that price !

radekr
Finally!
27 + WQHD + high refresh rate + VA panel (Yes!) + FLAT screen + FLAT monitor base that can be set anywhere!
300cd is a little bit low - especially for HDR (350 would be perfect), but I will have to live with it :)
350cd/m2 won't give more HDR like experience than 300cd/m2 , you can experience good HDR from 600cd/m2 and above anything below that is just marketing BS . Other than that specs and price look to be right on point so this monitor could be a very nice option . We definitely need a review from Hardware Unboxed !

LG is also preparing some good UHD stuff , hopefully it will get decent pricing https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/blog/lg-27gn950-with-27-ultra-hd-nano-ips-panel-160hz-refresh-rate-and-dsc-support/ so looks like 2020 will be an exciting year for those looking to upgrade their monitor .
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#8
radekr
RH92
350cd/m2 won't give more HDR like experience than 300cd/m2 , you can experience good HDR from 600cd/m2 and above anything below that is just marketing BS .

LG is also preparing some good UHD stuff , hopefully it will get decent pricing https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/blog/lg-27gn950-with-27-ultra-hd-nano-ips-panel-160hz-refresh-rate-and-dsc-support/ so looks like 2020 will be an exciting year for those looking to upgrade their monitor .
I meant that 300cd is generally quite a dark screen and that 350cd would be perfect - not because of better HDR, but generally - beacuse of a brighter image :)
HDR itself is a completely different matter. Most of the screens currently sold on the market have a brightness of 350cd and somehow they manage to receive HDR certification ... 400 :)

LG 950 looks nice, but it's an IPS panel. All those who do not tolerate the lack of black levels and clouding/BLB want VA, not IPS-based monitors.

I had the opportunity to test Samsung LC27JG50QQUXEN (VA @ 300cd) for 2 weeks and compared to my old monitor Iiyama ProLite X2483HSU (VA @ 250cd) Samsung with the brightness set at 100% seemed ... much more darker than Iiyama (set to 84%!). The projected image seemed "washed out" and underexposed (even with Black Equalizer turned off). I would say that it was missing additional 15-20% to display exactly the same lit level as Iiyama.

Since the brightness is measured in cd / m2, the screen size should not affect the backlight. Someone (Samsung / Iiyama) has probably measured something wrong here or the standards of light units have changed;)
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#9
RH92
radekr
I meant that 300cd is generally quite a dark screen and that 350cd would be perfect - not because of better HDR, but generally - beacuse of a brighter image :)
Fair enough .

radekr
LG 950 looks nice, but it's an IPS panel. All those who do not tolerate the lack of black levels and clouding/BLB want VA, not IPS-based monitors.
Idk man both already existing 4K 120Hz panels from Asus and Acer are IPS and those are viewed by far as the best ( gaming ) monitors money can buy all things considered . Sure IPS black levels are not ideal and clouding can sometimes be an issue but that depends a lot on the quality of the panel itself ( full array local dimming or not etc ) plus that becomes more an issue when you tend to game in dark environments .

To be fair i haven't tested a good IPS vs a good VA myself to make my own opinion but i don't expect the difference to be so dramatic .
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#10
The Quim Reaper
Yay!

Yet more VA panel garbage, flooding the PC Monitor space, overloaded as it is with VA panel garbage.
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#11
radekr
The Quim Reaper
Yay!
Yet more VA panel garbage, flooding the PC Monitor space, overloaded as it is with VA panel garbage.
There are currently seven (literally: SEVEN) 27 inch monitors on the market in Europe with a resolution of 2560x1440 with VA panel and refresh rate over 100hz.
Only 2 (literally: TWO) of them have a flat screen.

Biblical flood, really... ;)
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#13
argon
Pooya
And exactly what graphics card is gonna give you 240 fps on 1440p?
any one, I play on ultra low settings in any fps games for competitive and using 240hz monitor feature, and also getting 1440p for nice graphics when playing other game
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#14
lynx29
More junk VA panels with horrible pixel smearing, yay?
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#15
Octopuss
argon
any one, I play on ultra low settings in any fps games for competitive and using 240hz monitor feature, and also getting 1440p for nice graphics when playing other game
I bet you wouldn't tell 120Hz from 240 in a blind test, but suuuure, "competitive" players need as much as possible and can actually align their chakras with CPU's frequency.
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#16
pat-roner
Can we just get a panel with decent brightness. 300nits, wtf is even that..
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#17
argon
Octopuss
I bet you wouldn't tell 120Hz from 240 in a blind test, but suuuure, "competitive" players need as much as possible and can actually align their chakras with CPU's frequency.
I use an old benq xl2420t fhd 120hz monitor have it almost for 5 years now and I was planning to change it, for some good monitor in late 2020 when I get also a new gpu, used back in the days some old sony crt, I can still tell the different from those to this one, lcd era has still to earn a lot to make good monitor.

I sincerely care more on imput lag than Hz, this msi have 7ms imput lag, where monitor like the ASUS VG27AQ have 3.5ms imput lag.......
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#18
Octopuss
Why did you say we need 240Hz then? :confused:
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#19
argon
Octopuss
Why did you say we need 240Hz then? :confused:
higher hz mostly of times, means low imput lag....... VA panel are not that famous for low imput lag.....
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#20
radekr
argon
higher hz mostly of times, means low imput lag....... VA panel are not that famous for low imput lag.....
Acer Predator X35 is reportedly the best gaming monitor that you can buy at the moment (according to various sources / services / reviews).
VA @ 200Hz + perfect black + 2ms response time...
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#21
argon
radekr
Acer Predator X35 is reportedly the best gaming monitor that you can buy at the moment (according to various sources / services / reviews).
VA @ 200Hz + perfect black + 2ms response time...
Thats too big for competitive frenetic fps gaming, for me that monitor has no sense. If you play fps games, You'll understand that playing on too big monitor is bad. Also I dont like curved monitor.
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#22
radekr
argon
Thats too big for competitive frenetic fps gaming, for me that monitor has no sense. If you play fps games, You'll understand that playing on too big monitor is bad. Also I dont like curved monitor.
I meant you wrote that VA panels have high input lag. I gave a concrete example that this is not the case.
Regardless of whether you like widescreen, curved monitors, professional FPS games etc. - VA panels can have and DO have very LOW input lag.
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#23
argon
Look at HP OMEN X 25f or Acer Nitro XF252Q, the have 2.5/3ms input lag, response time is another things than input lag, input lag is all the things together including your mouse/keyboard.. Sincerely dubt that monitor have that low input lag..... TN is still better than VA on input lag.
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#24
radekr
argon
Look at HP OMEN X 25f or Acer Nitro XF252Q, the have 2.5/3ms input lag, response time is another things than input lag, input lag is all the things together including your mouse/keyboard.. Sincerely dubt that monitor have that low input lag..... TN is still better than VA on input lag.
Let's make it clear that "professional gaming" monitors with IPS and VA panels are not really "professional gaming" monitors. Professional players will always choose TN based monitors.

Fast refresh screens based on VA and IPS are intended for ordinary players for whom 1ms delay is not a problem. The problem for them is: tragic viewing angles and poorly reproduced colors on TN panels.

People who use their monitors not only and exclusively for professional gaming but also for e.g. watching movies, processing photos etc. have the choice:
- VA with great black levels and contrast and (depending on the panel used) a slight smearing.
- IPS with slightly better color reproduction, no black levels and in most cases larger or smaller BLB and clouding.
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#25
Octopuss
I wonder if the so called professional players would even notice if you gave them a fast IPS monitor with TN sticker on it.
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