MSI G272QPF 170 Hz Gaming Monitor Review: Pro-Level Performance for Not a Lot of Cash

27-inch QHD IPS flat panel with 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and wide gamut color

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Buyers have plenty of QHD 165 and 175 Hz monitors from which to choose. It is still the hottest category for price versus performance and you get a lot for the money. The G272QPF is joined by MSI’s MAG325CQRF, HP’s HyperX Armada 27, Gigabyte’s M27QP, Galax’s VI-01 and Cooler Master’s GM27-FQS.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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Most 165 and 170 Hz monitors draw a full white field in 6ms. Comparing motion resolution between them comes down to overdrive quality. The G272QPF has a superb implementation that reduces motion blur considerably without creating white or black trail artifacts. And if you want even smoother rendering, the MPRT backlight strobe is a viable option. You have to turn off Adaptive-Sync and brightness is reduced by half. I could see slight phasing artifacts, but they were far less visible than is typical.

The G272QPF is super responsive as well. With just 23ms of total control lag, it ranks among the best, even matching the speed of some 240 Hz monitors. It is also one of the least expensive displays in the category.

Test Takeaway: MSI has some of the best overdrive I’ve seen of late in both the G272QPF and the MAG325CQRF I reviewed recently. That translates to excellent motion resolution with fine detail visible in fast-moving objects and rapid camera pans. Control lag is very low which makes the G272QPF suitable for competition. Only a monitor with a significantly higher refresh, 240 Hz or more, will provide the same look and feel.

Viewing Angles

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If you’re suspicious about a VA panel because of its weak viewing angles, IPS is the best LCD technology available for off-axis quality. The G272QPF delivers typical performance here; I’ve seen better, and I’ve seen worse. The photo shows a green shift at 45 degrees to the side, but luminance and gamma remain stable. All detail is still clearly visible, and the image is uniformly bright. The top view is washed out with a blue tint and significantly reduced light output.

Screen Uniformity

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My G272QPF sample showed excellent screen uniformity in the black field test. There were no visible hotspots or glow around the edge. Other field patterns showed uniform color and brightness as well. This is excellent performance.

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • cknobman
    Wow, like you said at this price point this monitor is pretty bang on.

    I love seeing monitors that regular people can afford getting reviewed!
  • Roland Of Gilead
    I have this one (although mine comes with a USB-c port). I absolutely love it. Before this I purchased the AOC CQ27G2 Curved VA Panel. I was very disappointed with it. After RMA'ing, I went and got the MSI. Have no regrets. It's perfect for the games I play - BF2042, Racing Sims, First person shooters.
  • Order 66
    I'm still waiting for an OLED gaming monitor at this price point. I thought I heard somewhere that the colors of modern TN panels were on par with on par with IPS, so my question is, how has IPS improved to keep ahead of TN?
  • Giroro
    The word "Pro" is so overused, I have no idea what it's supposed to mean anymore. Maybe it never meant anything.
  • parkerthon
    Admin said:
    MSI’s G272QPF delivers everything needed for high-performance gaming with a 27-inch QHD IPS flat panel, 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and wide gamut color. With everything you need and nothing you don’t, it delivers tremendous value too.

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    But look at how high the minimum refresh rate is. 48hz? That’s stutter city for most graphically intensive games especially if you play games at launch.
  • UnforcedERROR
    parkerthon said:
    But look at how high the minimum refresh rate is. 48hz? That’s stutter city for most graphically intensive games especially if you play games at launch.
    That's a fairly standard minimum refresh rate though. I'm not sure what your contention with this is?