Performance at a discount.
By Charles Levere, on February 11, 2020.
I have been using the MSI Optix G27C2 monitor for the last six weeks or so and overall I have been very pleased with it. It does however come with one draw back that maybe a deal breaker for many.
This monitor checks off a lot of boxes when looking for a 1080p high refresh rate monitor. Its 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time make it a great option for fast pace first person shooters. It comes with AMD FreeSync Premium for tear free, stutter free fluid gaming.
- 27″ LCD panel LED Backlight (1920 x 1080 Full HD)
- 144Hz Refresh Rate – Display without after image.
- 1800R curve panel design – Most suitable for human eye.
- 1ms response time helps eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates.
- True Color- NTSC 85%, sRGB 110%.
- Wide View Angle – 178 。Visible.
- Optimized with MSI Gaming VGA – Make sure you have best experience.
- AMD FreeSync™ Premium Technology – Tear free, stutter free, fluid gaming.
Generic monitor displays normally have a flicker-rate of about 200-times per second, which is unnoticeable to the naked eye, but can cause fatigue over time. MSI Anti-Flicker technology provides a very comfortable viewing experience by reducing the amount of flicker.
FPS Front Sight Toggle
Through the OSD, the Optix G27C2 can enable a FPS front sight overlay to help your overall aim, especially in games that may have small or no crosshairs at all.
Curved for Your Viewing Pleasure
The Optix G27C2 gaming monitor uses a curved display panel that has a curvature rate of R1800, which is the most comfortable and suitable for a wide range of applications from general computing to gaming. Curved panels also help with gameplay immersion, making you feel more connected to the entire experience.
Reduce Eye Strain
The Optix G27C2 is optimized to reduce the strain on your eyes by reducing the total amount of blue light displayed by the monitor to ensure you can game for longer periods of time without fatigue.
- Panel Size: 27″ (69cm)
- Panel resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Panel Type: VA
- Brightness (NITS): 300 nits
- Viewing Angle: 178° (H) / 178° (V)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Curvature: 1800R
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
- DCR: 100000000:1
- NTSC / SRGB: 85% / 110%
- Active Display Area (mm): 597.888(H) x 336.312(V)
- Pixel Pitch (H x V): Pixel Pitch (H x V)
- Surface Treatment: Anti-glare
- Display Colors: 16.7M
- Video ports: 1x DP (1.2) 1x HDMI (1.4) 1x DVI
After using the MSI Optix G27C2 for about six weeks I can safely say that it is a really nice display that will give you a great gaming experience. The 144Hz refresh rate with FreeSync Premium will deliver smooth tear free gaming sessions.
The Colors are nice and vivid, your photos and videos will come to life on this display. Contrast and brightness are also good on the MSI Optix G27C2.
I wasn’t sure if I would like the curved aspect of the monitor but I honestly don’t even notice it anymore. It took a couple hours of use for my eyes to adjust but now I would have to look at the monitor from the side to notice it.
I experienced zero ghosting during my six weeks of using this monitor. I have been using this monitor paired with my Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G and the combo has been a dream to play all my favorite games on. Minus the horrendous issues with AMD’s drivers of course.
The one negative, the one draw back of this display is the light bleed. All the positives are washed away if you try to watch a movie or do anything where the screen is really dark. The light bleed on my MSI Optix G27C2 is horrendous. It stretches up from the bottom about 1/3 of the way up the screen and comes from the top down about the same. I tried to take a photo of it with not much success. I dunno if its just my display but a quick search online would suggest otherwise. It would seem that many others have the same light bleed issue as me. I am not sure if theirs is as bad as mine but as you can kind of see in the image below, mine is pretty bad.
During gaming and web surfing its a non issue as you can’t see the light bleed during those instances. If however you are someone who watches a lot of Netflix for example on your monitor it could be triggering for you.
As someone who is coming from an LG 60Hz 1080p office type monitor it doesn’t bother me to much. I got this monitor right after Christmas for $230 CAD so I am going to just live with it for the few times the light bleed is visible. If however I had paid the full asking price of $399.99 plus tax, I would likely not be so forgiving.
One other possible negative is this monitor does not come with a height adjustable stand. The stand is sturdy however and solid. There just isn’t much in the way of adjusting it. I like to use my own monitor stand I have anyways so this isn’t much of an issue for me. My little stand has a shelf that holds a few things I like to use on a regular bases.
Another inconvenience while on the subject of the stand is that this monitor is not VESA compatible. You will need to purchase an adapter if you wish to mount this monitor.
Sample Footage Of The MSI Optix G27C2
So what do I think of the MSI Optix G27C2? Would I purchase it again?
I think I would buy it again, if at or near the price I got it for. The $230 CAD price for all these features is a good deal in my opinion. Maybe I am just a pleb but I am not to bothered by the light bleed.
Some people will also be bothered by the fact that 27 inches is to big for 1080p. Again maybe I am just a pleb but I honestly am not bothered by that. I think it looks fine as is. Especially when paired with my Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT which includes AMD’s new image sharpening feature.
If you are however someone who is bothered by light bleed or think 27 inches is to big for 1080p than you will want to skip this monitor.