MSI Launches Optix MAG Curved Gaming Monitors

MSI announced a new lineup of curved gaming monitors called the Optix MAG series.

The MSI Optix MAG series consists of three different models in two different sizes. All of the new monitors feature an 1800R curvature on a VA LED panel, in addition to a 144Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 250 cd/m2 brightness, FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and a color rating of 110% of the sRGB color gamut.

The MAG24C features a 23.6" 1920 x 1080 display, and the MAG27C is simply a bigger version of the 24C with a 27-inch 1080p display. Both the MAG24C and MAG27C sport an HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort 1.2 interface, and a DVI port to connect to your PC. The MAG27CQ is the flagship of the new Optix MAG series, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The ports are almost identical to the lesser models (one HDMI, one DisplayPort, one DVI), but the MAG27CQ's HDMI interface is the latest revision (HDMI 2.0) so that it can handle 1440p gaming at 144Hz.

All of the new displays also feature blue light reduction and anti-flicker technology. They also sport a 178-degree viewing angle, and the stand can be adjusted (45-degree swivel, 65mm height adjustment, -5 to -5-degree tilt angle) to suit your viewing experience. There’s even a built-in FPS sight toggle on the screen, giving users an extra edge in shooting games. Add some RGB lighting to the chassis and you have a display explicitly designed for gamers.

The MAG24C is priced at $250, but pricing for the other MSI Optix MAG series monitors is unknown. However, the company said the displays would be available globally sometime this month.

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Display Size23.6”27”27”
Resolution1920 x 10801920 x 10802560 x 1440
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms
Contrast Ratio3000:1
Brightness250 cd/m2
Input- HDMI 1.4- DisplayPort 1.2- DVI- HDMI 1.4- DisplayPort 1.2- DVI- HDMI 2.0- DisplayPort 1.2- DVI
Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • truerock
    I've used a 27" 1080p 60Hz monitor for the last 6 years. I plan to upgrade to a 4k 240Hz monitor when the PC industry supports them. I've been experimenting with a 50" 4k 60Hz monitor trying to get a feel about what size monitor I might want for 4K. Obviously 27" would be ridiculously small and make 4k irrelevant. 40" seems about right. But, curved screens (which is an unbelievably stupid idea for family-room TVs) seems to make 50" monitors a reasonable size. I haven's had a chance to experiment with 50" 4K curved monitors yet - but, I will definately look for that opportunity.
  • Diji1
    See you in 10 years with your new monitor.
  • mrmez
    And your 4x 1080ti's
  • Jay_29
    Looks like an attempt to play catch up... I like MSI but this launch doesn't bring anything new to the table.