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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.
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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.
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.
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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 is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
Wow, like you said at this price point this monitor is pretty bang on.Reply
I love seeing monitors that regular people can afford getting reviewed!
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.Reply
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?Reply
The word "Pro" is so overused, I have no idea what it's supposed to mean anymore. Maybe it never meant anything.Reply
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.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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That's a fairly standard minimum refresh rate though. I'm not sure what your contention with this is?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.