Wednesday, April 29th 2020

MSI Releases Optix G27C5 Curved Monitor: 27" VA, 1080p, 165 Hz, 1 ms, FreeSync, 1500R

MSI today announced the imminent release of their Optix G275C gaming monitor. This is a 27" affair packing a Samsung-manufactured VA panel, offering a 1080p resolution and a maximum 165 Hz refresh rates. For snappy, responsive gaming, this refresh rate is backed by a 1 ms response time, as well as support for AMD's FreeSync technology (which should also be compatible with NVIDIA cards through their G-Sync Compatible support). Maximum brightness is low - 250 nits, contrast ratio stands at 3000:1, and there's 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 (which increases to 113% in sRGB terms). The monitor also features an aggressive 1500R curvature.

There's 178º viewing angles, and I/O is taken care of by 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI and 1x audio out. Quality of life adjustments include only -5 to 20 ° tilt adjustments and a narrow frame design with 3 sides that suppresses the top / right / left bezel width. There's also support for MSI's Anti-Flicker & Less Blue Light technologies. Pricing wasn't announced, but expect it to be priced higher than the Optix G27C4, which can currently be had for $340.
Source: MSI
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16 Comments on MSI Releases Optix G27C5 Curved Monitor: 27" VA, 1080p, 165 Hz, 1 ms, FreeSync, 1500R

#2
ZoneDymo
milewski1015
More 27" 1080p panels from MSI in 2020?


165hz, you are welcome to link me some games that arnt insanely old or meant to be easy to run that run at 165 fps on 1080p on anything less then an modern high end gpu.
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Cranky5150
I get the fact that 1080P is still the largest resolution that people play on...but this would have made way more sense as a 1440p screen.
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#4
Tartaros
ZoneDymo
165hz, you are welcome to link me some games that arnt insanely old or meant to be easy to run that run at 165 fps on 1080p on anything less then an modern high end gpu.
Not only that, having DSR and image sharpening to make things up I rather have a good 1080 high refresh rate monitor and not having to sacrifice to a lesser resolution or internal scaling to keep up the game. The only crucial thing this monitor lacks is HDR.
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milewski1015
ZoneDymo
165hz, you are welcome to link me some games that arnt insanely old or meant to be easy to run that run at 165 fps on 1080p on anything less then an modern high end gpu.
Tartaros
Not only that, having DSR and image sharpening to make things up I rather have a good 1080 high refresh rate monitor and not having to sacrifice to a lesser resolution or internal scaling to keep up the game. The only crucial thing this monitor lacks is HDR.
I have two MSI gaming monitors: the MAG241C (24" 1080p 144Hz VA) which I had paired with an RX 580, and then the MAG271CQR (27" 1440p 144Hz VA) now paired with a 5700 XT. Currently running them both in a dual monitor setup. I've been very pleased with both - well featured, good build quality, good performance, etc. But I've seen 27" 1080p and man does it look blurry. As @Cranky5150 mentioned, 27", in my opinion, is better suited for 1440p, while 1080p is better suited for a 24" monitor. Why pay >$340 for a 1080p 165Hz monitor when you can get a 1440p 144Hz monitor from the same company for $350-$360 (MAG272QR and MAG27CQ)?
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ZoneDymo
milewski1015
I have two MSI gaming monitors: the MAG241C (24" 1080p 144Hz VA) which I had paired with an RX 580, and then the MAG271CQR (27" 1440p 144Hz VA) now paired with a 5700 XT. Currently running them both in a dual monitor setup. I've been very pleased with both - well featured, good build quality, good performance, etc. But I've seen 27" 1080p and man does it look blurry. As @Cranky5150 mentioned, 27", in my opinion, is better suited for 1440p, while 1080p is better suited for a 24" monitor. Why pay >$340 for a 1080p 165Hz monitor when you can get a 1440p 144Hz monitor from the same company for $350-$360 (MAG272QR and MAG27CQ)?
because 165hz im guessing, pair that with a 2080Ti and play some CSGO or whatever at 165fps.
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milewski1015
ZoneDymo
because 165hz im guessing, pair that with a 2080Ti and play some CSGO or whatever at 165fps.
You can find 1080p 240Hz monitors for the same price. Also, last I checked, you didn't need a 2080Ti to hit 165 FPS at 1080p in CSGO. From what I've read, the difference between 144 and 165 FPS isn't noticeable enough to warrant spending significantly more for 165Hz. I just feel like the fuzziness you get from 1080p stretched to 27" really hamstrings these displays. Maybe that's just my opinion, but MSi obviously doesn't agree since they keep churning out 27" 1080p monitors...
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#8
ymbaja
milewski1015
You can find 1080p 240Hz monitors for the same price. Also, last I checked, you didn't need a 2080Ti to hit 165 FPS at 1080p in CSGO. From what I've read, the difference between 144 and 165 FPS isn't noticeable enough to warrant spending significantly more for 165Hz. I just feel like the fuzziness you get from 1080p stretched to 27" really hamstrings these displays. Maybe that's just my opinion, but MSi obviously doesn't agree since they keep churning out 27" 1080p monitors...
it’s not just your opinion;) 1080p at 27 inches is like playing Minecraft.
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milewski1015
ymbaja
it’s not just your opinion;) 1080p at 27 inches is like playing Minecraft.
Glad to hear I'm not the only one that can't stand it
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ObiFrost
Cranky5150
I get the fact that 1080P is still the largest resolution that people play on...but this would have made way more sense as a 1440p screen.
Probably next gen GPUs will attract more transitions to 1440p, because 2080Ti level is still essential for 1440p 144hz. 1080p will remain mainstream outside of eSports for a quite a few more years, because you simply can't force people with make end meets incomes to suddenly drop money for useless hardware in their point of view, also thanks to the virus even more millions than before are unemployed.
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#11
Cranky5150
I partly agree with your statement with making ends meat etc..However a 2080Ti is not needed for 1440P at 144 hz. Sure it works but it is overkill IMO. My 5700xt on a 32" 1440p 144hz runs just fine. Now 4k needs a 2081 Ti, just my 2 cents on the subject..
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milewski1015
Cranky5150
I partly agree with your statement with making ends meat etc..However a 2080Ti is not needed for 1440P at 144 hz. Sure it works but it is overkill IMO. My 5700xt on a 32" 1440p 144hz runs just fine. Now 4k needs a 2081 Ti, just my 2 cents on the subject..
Agreed. My 5700 XT handles 1440p 144Hz just fine, depending on the game and quality settings of course.
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#13
Vayra86
PPI is a thing, anyone saying 27 at 1080p is nice to look at has some problems with vision. Or you're sitting far away, but then why not just get 24 inch and place it closer :)
ZoneDymo
165hz, you are welcome to link me some games that arnt insanely old or meant to be easy to run that run at 165 fps on 1080p on anything less then an modern high end gpu.
My GTX1080 still hits 120 FPS in recent games at 1080p with everything maxed out... Not everything is equally demanding, in fact most of it runs just fine. And this is now a mid ranger at best. 1440p, you will still get consistently over 60 FPS so its still worth having high refresh, even if only because high refresh rate panels don't tear as much and have faster G2G, plus there is Freesync so you still use a higher FPS range.

Nowadays if you do any sort of gaming, the more logical question is, 'why not get high refresh anyway'. 60 FPS is an artificial limit, in every price segment you can find high refresh rate panels at a very small mark up. Def worth it.
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#14
Animalpak
STOP IT ! NO ! STOP IT !

Holding down the industry with 1080p and showing people the same old 1920x1080 so they can after say " ohhh this game is nothing special ohhh they need to upgrade the graphics " meanwhile he saw the game at 1080p...

Try at LEAST 1440p and upgrade to1440p then you will see the evolution of graphics in games and you will start to appreciate new games with new graphics features.

Staying at 1080p will leave you behind.
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ObiFrost
Animalpak
STOP IT ! NO ! STOP IT !

Holding down the industry with 1080p and showing people the same old 1920x1080 so they can after say " ohhh this game is nothing special ohhh they need to upgrade the graphics " meanwhile he saw the game at 1080p...

Try at LEAST 1440p and upgrade to1440p then you will see the evolution of graphics in games and you will start to appreciate new games with new graphics features.

Staying at 1080p will leave you behind.
Debatable. While I'm not against further pushing tech advancements, it's more about the personal experience preference rather than "latest and greatest" aka afford whatever you can. 1440p does look great, don't get me wrong, but atrocious GPU prices dread new/upgrading consumers away due to how obsolete their GPU might become a few months later or a year if the game is released in unoptimized rubbish condition (RD2, AC: Odyssey for instance). Another always defended argument by "gaming" monitor manufacturers I can't wrap my head around is why TN. IPS has matured so well over the years that even 24G2 is comparable and even better than most "high end" 1080p TN monitors. It just simply showcases how cash grab these manufacturers have become (similarly to "gaming headset" manufacturers and their gimmicky "7.1 gamin surround audio"). LG and Samsung are probably the only two brands pushing display tech further, dedicating R&D resources on their Q/OLEDs TV panels that might become also main suppliers for Q/OLED monitors down the line (if we ever reach such advancement). Besides the point, MSI has like 6-7 of the same type panels, literally with a different model codes changed.
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