Wednesday, May 27th 2020

MSI Announces the Optix PAG272 Monitor Family With Four Models - One of Them With Quantum Dot

MSI today announced the release of not one, not two, but four monitors to their Optix lineup, under the Optix PAG272 family. These monitors aim to cater to all budgets, apparently, as their features vary across resolution and refresh rates according to the model number. RGB lighting on the back of the monitors is stock across the lineup. Starting from the top-down in terms of specs, the Optix PAG272URV features a 27", IPS panel sporting 4K resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate, a 4 ms GtG response time, FreeSync (non-Premium), and VESA Display HDR 400 certification. I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI (1.4), 1x HDMI (2.0) and 1x DisplayPort (1.2).

That's not the most impressive display, though - that honor is reserved for the Optix PAG272QR2. The Optix PAG272QR2 features a 27", IPS panel sporting 1440p resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, a 1 ms GtG response time, FreeSync Premium, and an HDR-ready badge (with maximum brightness set at 300 nits). I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI (2.0) and 2x DisplayPort (1.4). The more interesting spec in this panel, though, is the addition of a Quantum Dot layer, which greatly improves color rendition: MSI claim 10 bit colors (8 bit + FRC) with 150% of the sRGB color gamut coverage, alongside 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, and 98% of the DCI-P3 color space, which makes this an interesting panel not only for gaming, but also for color-sensitive tasks.
Next up is the Optix PAG272QR. It keeps the same 27", IPS panel sporting 1440p resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, a 1 ms response time (not quoted as GtG) and FreeSync Premium, but ups the HDR support to a VESA Display HDR 400 certification. No Quantum Dot support here, though, which will certainly affect color reproduction. I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI (2.0) and 2x DisplayPort (1.4)

Finally, the most budget-conscious offering is the Optix PAG272R. The panel is still a 27" IPS one, but the resolution stays at 1080p. Refresh rate also drops to 144 Hz, but 1 ms response time (again not quoted as GtG) and FreeSync Premium stay. I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI (1.4), 1x HDMI (2.0) and 1x DisplayPort (1.2)

No word on pricing or availability were available at time of writing.
Source: MSI
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7 Comments on MSI Announces the Optix PAG272 Monitor Family With Four Models - One of Them With Quantum Dot

#1
renz496
so what's the deal with this FreeSync Premium? it's "Free" and yet will charge "premium" price?"
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ratirt
renz496
so what's the deal with this FreeSync Premium? it's "Free" and yet will charge "premium" price?"
Is your question about price due to the "premium" after monitor? The freesync feature has been divided into 3 different variants. FreeSync, FreeSync premium and FreeSync Premium Pro. Each one offers more features and assurance of the features to work properly.
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renz496
ratirt
Is your question about price due to the "premium" after monitor? The freesync feature has been divided into 3 different variants. FreeSync, FreeSync premium and FreeSync Premium Pro. Each one offers more features and assurance of the features to work properly.
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so meaning monitors with "premium" and "premium pro" still cost the same as non premium version since those naming only dictate feature support?
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#5
mtcn77
This didn't go well, imo. The tiers don't match displayHDR grades.
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AlienIsGOD
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renz496
So the price should be the same for all three monitors despite supporting different tier of freesync?
The price will depend on the monitors feature set. Freesync doesn't play a part in what manufacturers decide the screens tech is ie. Hdr level, Hz, etc.
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