MSI Unleashes 240 Hz USB-C Gaming Monitor With HDR

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Three new displays from MSI hit retailers today, and they all boast specs rivaling some of the best gaming monitors and courting FPS players, including refresh rates of up to 240 Hz.

Going on sale today, the MSI Optix G241 and MSI Optix G271 are 1080p resolution IPS panels equipped with a 144 Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync and an advertised 1ms response time. 

Both monitors also include MSI's Night Vision feature, which offers a “smart black tuner” that attempts to selectively brighten details in dark areas without brightening the whole screen, as well as anti-flicker and blue light reduction. The design for both monitors is fairly standard for MSI, with thin bezels on the front and a two-legged stand.

The only difference between the two monitors appears to be screen size, with the G241 measuring 23.8 inches and the G271 coming in slightly larger at 27 inches.

MSI Optix MAG251RX

The MSI Optix MAG251RX, which MSI first announced in January, also hit markets today. Like the G241 and G271, the MAG251RX features a 1080p IPS screen with an advertised 1ms response time, along with the same bonus features, such as Night Vision. But the MAG251RX boasts a few additional features too. 

There are two major selling points here. First, the refresh rate has been boosted from 144 Hz to 240 Hz. Second, instead of AMD’s FreeSync, the MAG251RX opts for Nvidia G-Sync

On top of that, the MAG251RX supports HDR content; however, we don't expect it to be the best HDR monitor, as its VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification points to a minimum max brightness of 400 nits and we'd prefer an HDR gaming monitor to hit at least 600 nits. 

The MAG251RX also comes with USB Type-C connectivity and MSI’s proprietary Mystic Light software, which allows users to easily control RGB lighting across multiple devices from one central hub.

Visually, the MAG251RX comes in at 24.5 inches and also focuses on a thin bezel design. The two-legged stand, however, has now been swapped out for a simple rectangle.

All three monitors are currently available from select sellers, with the Optix G241 offering the lowest entry point at $189.99, the Optix G271 filling up a moderate price point of $239.99 and the MAG251RX leading the pack at $359.99.

Michelle Ehrhardt

Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.

  • truerock
    I built my PC in 2012 and it runs 1080p at 60Hz and 4K and 30Hz (nVidia GeForce GTX 690).
    In 2012 I assumed I would upgrade to 4K at 120Hz in 3 or 4 years.
    So, 8 years later I'm still waiting. I guess DisplayPort 2.0 and HDR 4k at 120Hz will be available in 1 or 2 more years.
    Wow, I just can't believe how slow technology evolves.