Thursday, February 6th 2020

MSI Unveils Optix MAGG322CR Monitor with 180 Hz Refresh Rate

Today MSI announced the latest addition to its monitor lineup - the MSI Optix MAGG332CR gaming monitor. With its 180 Hz refresh rate, this monitor is targeting gamers who focus on first-person shooter games primarily. When it comes to the panel characteristics, this monitor is rocking a 31.5-inch anti-glare 1080p display with a 1500R curvature applied to it. The panel type in question is an 8-bit VA panel with Frame Rate Control (FRC) that enables the monitor to achieve a wider color spectrum withing the 8-bit range.

The monitor offers 1 ms Moving Picture Response Time (MPRT) performance, along with the brightness of 300 nits, and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. When it comes to the refresh rate syncing technology, there is VESA's Adaptive-Sync present with AMD FreeSync certification. Marked as "HDR Ready", it is not exactly meeting any requirements due to its 300 nits brightness, however, there is at least a possibility to view HDR content. The display covers 96% of DCI-P3 and 125% of sRGB color gamut. Additionally, for input, there are quite a few options. There is one DisplayPort 1.2a, two HDMI 2.0b connectors, and one USB-C port that supports DisplayPort alternate mode allowing for video input over USB. There is also a USB hub present with two USB 2.0 ports and for audio, there is one 3.5 mm headphone output port. Besides, support for MSI Mystic Light RGB setup is also present.
Source: AnandTech
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19 Comments on MSI Unveils Optix MAGG322CR Monitor with 180 Hz Refresh Rate

#3
lynx29
Nothing to see here, just another company who doesn't get the monitor crowd as usual.
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#4
cucker tarlson
noname00
Full HD at 31.5? :roll:
where does it say full hd ?

@AleksandarK would you mind mentioning the resolution in piece of monitor news ?
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#5
Chrispy_
cucker tarlson
where does it say full hd ?

@AleksandarK would you mind mentioning the resolution in piece of monitor news ?
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the Optix models that are QuadHD (2560x1440) have a QR suffix.

So, if this *was* better than 1080p I'd expect it to be called the MAGG322CQR instead.

Assuming I'm right, that's actually a shame because the Optix line seem to have decent build quality and I'm in the market for a fast, large, curved VA panel - especially one with 3000:1 contrast instead of 2000:1 that many of the models have fallen to these days.
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#6
TheLostSwede
Is this for retro 8-bit gaming so you can enjoy the huge pixels even more?
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#7
Rahnak
This monitor is great for bringing that Minecraft experience everywhere.
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#8
AleksandarK
cucker tarlson
where does it say full hd ?

@AleksandarK would you mind mentioning the resolution in piece of monitor news ?
AleksandarK
this monitor is rocking a 31.5-inch anti-glare 1080p
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#9
ZoneDymo
why are so many pos specs monitors being released, why would anyone buy this.
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Chrispy_
ZoneDymo
why are so many pos specs monitors being released, why would anyone buy this.
I'm not saying I like 1080p at this size, but it's also incredibly hard to drive modern games at 1440p 180fps. This is the sort of monitor you'd want for a 'large-format' gaming experience if you only had a modest GPU like a 5700 or 2060S.

I mostly game on a 5700XT and there are plenty of games that don't even crack triple-digit framerates at 1440p.
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#12
Basard
Chrispy_
I'm not saying I like 1080p at this size, but it's also incredibly hard to drive modern games at 1440p 180fps. This is the sort of monitor you'd want for a 'large-format' gaming experience if you only had a modest GPU like a 5700 or 2060S.

I mostly game on a 5700XT and there are plenty of games that don't even crack triple-digit framerates at 1440p.
I totally agree. My last 32" was 1080. Upgrading to 1440 killed my gaming performance. The desktop real estate is nice though. I won't go back, but the thought of downgrading has crossed my mind more than a few times.
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#13
TheLostSwede
ZoneDymo
why are so many pos specs monitors being released, why would anyone buy this.
It's great for old people with bad eyesight...
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#14
Chrispy_
Basard
I totally agree. My last 32" was 1080. Upgrading to 1440 killed my gaming performance. The desktop real estate is nice though. I won't go back, but the thought of downgrading has crossed my mind more than a few times.
I switched from 1440p60 to 1080p144 and hated it.

Now I'm running 1440p85 (overclocked from 75Hz) and I'm mostly happy with that, as the difference between 60 and 85Hz is quite stark. 144Hz is better still, but it's not as significant a jump for me as 60 to 85Hz in terms of motion smoothness.

I guess that's why "flicker-free" CRT monitors had to be at least 72Hz. At 60Hz the human brain can still identify each frame as a separate image.
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#15
milewski1015
Chrispy_
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the Optix models that are QuadHD (2560x1440) have a QR suffix.

So, if this *was* better than 1080p I'd expect it to be called the MAGG322CQR instead.

Assuming I'm right, that's actually a shame because the Optix line seem to have decent build quality and I'm in the market for a fast, large, curved VA panel - especially one with 3000:1 contrast instead of 2000:1 that many of the models have fallen to these days.
Check out the MAG271CQR. Only 27", but 2560x1440, 144Hz VA, 3000:1 contrast ratio. I picked it up on sale at Microcenter a few months ago on sale for $280 and it's a great pair with my 5700XT. I came from a MAG241C (1080p144Hz VA), and can agree with you that the build quality on the Optix line is great.

Edit: Looks like there is also a MAG322CQR as well if 32" 2560x1440 is what you're looking for: https://www.msi.com/Monitor/Optix-MAG322CQR
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#16
Valantar
I don't think this is a bad idea - it's big enough to act as a replacement for a small TV, and the high refresh rate and good colors plus low price likely make it attractive for e-sports/Fortnite kids etc. It would also be good as a secondary gaming-focused monitor next to a higher resolution one for anything more dependent on resolution. For the price it definitely isn't bad, even if I would never want to read or write on a monitor like this.
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#17
Vayra86
1080p at 31.5 is OK if your viewing distance is not desk-based, really. If it is, you're not doing yourself a favor here, you will be staring straight into VA's ugly viewing angle AND count your pixels, might as well buy TN. Also you get bonus neck problems.

Hell I used to couch game on a 720p 32 inch. At comfy viewing distance that was an ok density. Not great, but ok. Small text was easily legible (this should be your benchmark...)

But really for 32 inch I'd still say grab 1440p. Its going to be similar-ish in experience to a 1080p/24inch. You're not wasting a lot of (any?) pixel density on detail you can't really resolve. Typical view distance probably should be around 80-100cm here (two arms' length). You're looking at roughly 4/5th the PPI of a 1080p/24: 69.93 PPI
https://www.sven.de/dpi/ < very useful :)

ZoneDymo
why are so many pos specs monitors being released, why would anyone buy this.
Simple, some OEM brings a new VA panel type and everyone poops a version or three of it. Competition starts over that specific panel type. Therefore, always look at what's inside the cabinet instead of how it looks outside.
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#18
lynx29
TheLostSwede
It's great for old people with bad eyesight...
this is true, 27" 1440 used to be my sweet spot, but now I kind of like 24" 1080p better, lol... I am sure in a few more years I will like 27" 1080p best... sigh... the clock never stops ticking bros
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#19
xrobwx71
cucker tarlson
where does it say full hd ?

@AleksandarK would you mind mentioning the resolution in piece of monitor news ?
1080p =1920x1080 or Full HD
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