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MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ GAMING MONITOR REVIEW

There is no HDR here, but our tests revealed over 82% coverage of DCI-P3 color and a whopping 122% of sRGB. If you remove HDR and 10-bit color from the mix, the performance balance becomes much easier and cheaper to realize. Features & Specifications

In our coverage of the latest high dynamic range (HDR) monitors, we’ve talked a lot about extended color and its impact on both gaming and other kinds of entertainment. Enter MSI’s Optix MPG27CQ, a 27-inch vertical alignment (VA) panel with an 1,800R curvature, FreeSync from 48-144Hz, interesting gaming-focused RGB lighting features, and extended color.
Three of these screens together makes for an impressive desktop where your entire field of view is filled with the gaming environment. With 8-bit color and QHD resolution however, this shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with a mid-priced graphics card.
Unpacking & Accessories

The MPG27CQ ships in three pieces that don’t require tools for assembly. QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440) offers a nice upgrade from Full HD (FHD) resolution (1,920 x 1,080) and doesn’t demand a premium video card to achieve frame rates of 60 frames per second (fps) or more. You need a color gamut that goes beyond sRGB.

But a monitor like that will require tremendous processing power from its connected PC to push more than 8,000,000 pixels around the screen at a 10-bit signal depth. MSI is generous in bundling HDMI, USB 3.0 and DisplayPort cables in the box. While this may not equate to the most accurate picture, the display will look highly saturated and vivid.

Gaming is enhanced by a 144Hz refresh rate, achieved without overclock, and variable-refresh FreeSync from 48-144Hz. It’s not enough to offer 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and HDR. You also get an analog audio cable, a warranty card and quick start guide. It’s about as close as you’ll get to a true simulator outside of a NASA facility. Not only will the display cost a lot, the video card needed to drive it will set you back nearly $1,000.

For those of us with smaller budgets, there’s Quad HD (QHD). The panel snaps onto the upright, or you can use the 100mm VESA mount lugs for an aftermarket arm or bracket. But to make that happen you’ll need a significantly higher-end graphics card to drive the three screens.

Of course, image quality is paramount, and to that end, MSI delivered a VA panel capable of over 3000:1 contrast. That means low framerate compensation is on the table for those situations when speeds drop below 48fps. The power supply is an external brick with its own power cord.

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