MSI MAG274QRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review
. Its got a 27 inch 16 by 9 IPS panel with a 1440p resolution and an anti glare matte finish. Its flat too so no curve. Here., Its got a 165Hz refresh rate and MSI are claiming a 1ms GTG response, time. Combined with adaptive sync meaning you can use either FreeSync with a Radeon graphics card or G Sync with Nvidia its got. Some nice sounding features for gaming that Ill put to the test.. Personally, I think 27 inches at 1440p is a great sweet spot for gaming 1080p at 27. Inches is a bit too stretched out, in my opinion, and the pixels are less obvious to notice here comparatively.. It feels a bit smaller to me personally but thats, because I normally use 32 4K monitors but yeah apart from that. Overall, the monitor was great to use. Ive tested colour gamut with the Spyder 5 and got 100 of sRGB 91 of NTSC 96 of AdobeRGB and 90 of DCI P3. At 100 brightness. I measured it at 366 nits in the center, though the contrast ratio was just 7101 granted. This is with the default of 70 out of 100 contrast setting, so you could tweak that.. The monitor gives us three response time settings in the on screen: menu normal fast and fastest., With the slowest normal mode Ive measured the average grey to grey response time at 5.84ms, though, some transitions were slower than the 6.06ms required for all to occur within the refresh Window.
Ive got a link in the description. If you need an explanation on what all of these numbers mean. Things are a bit better now in fast mode. The average grey to grey response time is now lower at 4.17ms, but were still a fair way from MSIs stated 1ms. So surely the fastest mode will get us all the way there right. Unfortunately, I wasnt seeing that the fastest mode was only a little faster at 3.86ms on average, but I also found this mode to introduce more overshoot and undershoot, so given fast mode, wasnt much different in response time, but had closer to no overshoot or undershoot its. Probably the way to go. This was hard to pick up on camera, but in normal mode there was a little ghosting fast mode. Looked best to my eyes, then fastest mode had a little inverse ghosting trail, so yeah again fast mode seems best.. In order to run the monitor at 1440p, 165Hz youll need to use. Displayport HDMI is limited to 144Hz, as this is just a limitation of the HDMI 2.0b spec.. You can do this with either the dedicated DisplayPort output or the Type C port, which also offers DisplayPort out and with Radeon graphics. I confirmed the FreeSync range is 48Hz to 165Hz., Just visually viewing angles. Looked fine to me, regardless of position. The specs note its good for 178 degrees, both horizontally and vertically, which isnt really a surprise with IPS. The bezels arent too thick.
I measured them at around 8.5mm on the sides, but I honestly cant say I really care too much, as I hardly notice them once. I get into a game, but that would be more important if you have more than one side by side.. Backlight bleed wasnt, looking amazing in this photo, but the patchy spots arent big differences to the rest, so I didnt notice any problems when actually viewing darker content, but this will vary between monitors.. It was while testing backlight bleed that I noticed one of the pixels was dead on arrival. Unfortunately, this can happen with any panel, but to be fair, this is an early review sample and MSI have confirmed that they have a dead, pixel warranty. Theres more to it than just the panel though.. The stand has a matte black plastic exterior and it felt sturdy, enough. Theres also a hole in the stand to help with cable management. In terms of adjustments. Weve got 5 to 20 degrees of up and down tilt 75 to 75 degrees of side to side swivel, which is much more than most 0 10cm of height adjustment up and down, and it can be pivoted 90 degrees in either direction if you prefer vertical. Theres. Also, a 100mm VESA mount on the back behind where the stand connects. If you want to attach the screen to a different stand or monitor arm., The included stand connects here too, but its not a toolless installation, like some others.
Youve got to screw in two included phillips head screws down the bottom, which isnt really a big deal given youll, probably do it once.. Otherwise, the back has a Kensington lock on the right and a single 5 way, joystick for navigating the on screen, display or OSD. On the left. Well on the left, if youre facing the back when youre sitting in front of the screen using it its on your right., I found it easy to reach and use the OSD menu felt quite clean, and I had no problems. Looking through the available options., If you install MSIs Gaming OSD software, you can manage all of this and more through Windows and use your mouse instead of the on screen display, which is far easier.. You just need to connect the included Type B to Type A USB cable to your PC for it to work and once setup you can simply press the shortcut button on the bottom left of the screen to open the settings.. It can also be used as a macro key with a few different options. Available.. The back also has some RGB lighting, but it was pretty subtle. Even at night, in a dark room. I only barely noticed it when sitting in front of the screen.. You can turn it off through the OSD if you prefer, but if you want to customize the colours and effects, then you need to connect the USB cable and get Mystic Light, Sync going which comes with the Gaming OSD software.
. The IO is on the back on the right and faces down. From left to right: theres, DisplayPort, 1.4, two HDMI 2.0b ports Type C port, which offers DisplayPort output and 15 watts for charging devices; 3.5mm audio output, USB 2.0 Type B, port, two USB 2.0 Type; A Ports and the power input., A small 65 watt power, brick, is included. The power supply isnt, built into the monitor. Other cables included, are HDMI DisplayPort and a USB Type B to A cable which allows you to connect the monitor to your PC, and this is required to use the monitors Type A ports as a USB hub. In addition to managing the monitor through Windows as discussed. Finally lets discuss pricing., You can find updated prices linked in the description. Its launching this month in various regions, Ive been told by MSI that in the US the expected price will be 550 USD, while here in Australia were looking at 860 AUD.. This sounds reasonable, its the same price as the Aorus FI27Q P I previously covered, which is also a 1440p 165Hz screen.. Personally, I preferred the design and look of the Aorus, which is, of course subjective, but the panel in the MSI offers better colour, gamut and faster response time, so it could be slightly better for both gamers and creators.. So with all of that in mind, let me know what you thought of the MSI MAG274QRF QD gaming, monitor down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel consider getting subscribed for future tech.