Given the rise in popularity of esports, it’s safe to say that gaming isn’t just for entertainment any longer. If you plan to compete, you’ll need the best possible tools for the job. A 144 Hz monitor probably won’t cut it when your opponents are using 240 Hz or more. Framerates make a huge difference not only in moving image quality but in control response and aiming precision. An image that moves exactly as intended can increase player skill and, therefore, gaming success.
With the advent of 360 Hz monitors, gamers have a high-end tool to take their play experience to another level. There are now four major screens to choose from: Alienware’s AW2521H, Asus PG259QN, Acer’s X25 and the leader (for now) MSI’s Oculux NXG253R.
All four lack DCI-P3 color and offer similar levels of accuracy and image quality. They all have HDR with variable backlight and so do a good job rendering that extra dynamic range. MSI is near the top with almost 8,000:1 HDR contrast. And they all have the same set of gaming aids, like the Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer, ULMB with variable pulse width, aiming points and timers. All sport premium build quality and a premium price to match. But the NXG253R wins the speed contest by a hair.
There is no question that it provides a superb gaming experience. Playing at over 300 fps is an altogether different thing than playing at 240 fps. While stats and charts make it seem like a small gap, visually, it is obvious. Put simply, faster monitors are better. The only thing we wish for as casual gamers is more color. Inevitably, 360 Hz and faster displays will appear with larger gamuts. But not today.
If you’re looking for the fastest possible monitor to power your quest for esports domination, the MSI Oculux NXG253R is it.