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Reviewed on Mar 16, 2018 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Martin Leduc, Eric Bousquet

MSI Optix G27C
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
6.6
Mixed Usage
Score components:
Size : 27 "
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
:
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync

The MSI Optix G27C is an average VA-type gaming monitor with a fast 144 Hz refresh rate and support for variable refresh rates. It features a simplistic stand with limited mobility, and a curved design uncommon in monitors of this aspect ratio. While it has a better contrast ratio than average, its very poor black uniformity causes its picture quality in a dark room to be mediocre. Its very narrow viewing angle also means that a slight change in perspective can easily cause the screen to appear less uniform.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 6.1
Motion 8.4
Inputs 8.6
Pros
  • Supports Freesync for smoother motion
  • 144 Hz makes for a responsive experience
Cons
  • Blacks are exceptionally cloudy
  • Picture quality shifts with minor perspective changes.

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7.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
MSI Optix G27C Design Picture
Curved : Yes
Curve radius : 1800R
Weight (without stand) : 10.0lbs (4.5 kg)
Weight (with stand) : 12.0lbs (5.4 kg)

The design of the MSI Optix G27C is basic but the monitor still looks stylish. The stand looks good and supports the monitor well, but adjustment options are very limited as the monitor can tilt and nothing else. This can make it difficult to find a comfortable viewing position or to rotate the monitor to share images with friends or coworkers. The rear also looks good with some red flair, and the borders have an average thickness. The build quality is fine, but the whole monitor is plastic. This is unlikely to cause any issues with normal use though.

Stand
MSI Optix G27C Stand picture
Width : 16.4" (41.6 cm)
Depth : 8.7" (22.0 cm)

The stand of the monitor has an average size but does provide good support, and looks quite sleek. It does tend to slide around a bit though.

1.2 Ergonomics
What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 46% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
MSI Optix G27C Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment : N/A
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -12.5° to 7.5°

The ergonomic options on the MSI Optix G27C are very limited. Only the tilt can be adjusted, so it may be difficult to find a comfortable position.

Back
MSI Optix G27C Back picture
Wall Mount : N/A

The rear of the monitor is quite basic but looks good. There is no VESA mount though and also a lack of cable management.

Borders
MSI Optix G27C Borders picture
Borders : 0.4" (1.1 cm)

The borders have an average thickness and look fine. If placed next to another screen the borders are quite noticeable, but for a single screen setup, this isn't an issue.

Thickness
MSI Optix G27C Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand) : 7.3" (18.6 cm)
Thickness (without stand) : 4.5" (11.5 cm)

The monitor appears quite thick when viewed from the side due to the pronounced curve. It can still sit quite close to a wall though, which is good.

6.5 Build Quality
What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
MSI Optix G27C Build Quality picture

The build quality of the MSI G27C is fine. All of the parts are made of plastic and the monitor doesn't have a premium feel but it shouldn't present a problem for normal usage.

The picture quality of the MSI Optix G27C is sub-standard. Its VA panel has a bad viewing angle, which means the edges of the screen look worse than the center, and the whole screen will look a bit different depending on how you sit.

The VA panel's saving grace is its great contrast ratio, which is triple that of most other monitors. This is great in a dark room but is less noticeable in a bright room. The monitor's brightness is decent, but it may appear a bit dim in a very bright room. Fortunately, the screen is very good at fighting reflections, so brightness is less of an issue. The monitor lacks more advanced features like HDR and local dimming that further improve picture quality.

8.2 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
3695 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
N/A

Great contrast ratio for the MSI G27C PC monitor. With this high contrast ratio, blacks look deep, especially when viewed in a dark room. This makes a perfect option for people that use there monitor in a dark environment compare to other IPS monitor since IPS can't reproduce deep black like this VA panel monitor.

0 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
No
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
:
Edge

The MSI Optix G27C does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.3 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
:
278 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
:
291 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
:
290 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
290 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
289 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
289 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
:
290 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
:
290 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
289 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
289 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
289 cd/m²
SDR ABL
What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
:
0.000

The monitor can get decently bright which should be good enough for most rooms, but it may appear a little dim in a very bright room.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
HDR Real Scene : N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window : N/A
HDR ABL : N/A

HDR is not supported.

4.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
MSI Optix G27C Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
22 °
Color Shift from Right
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
24 °
MSI Optix G27C Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
30 °
Brightness from Right
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
33 °
MSI Optix G27C Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
15 °
Black Level from Right
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
18 °
Curve Radius : 1800 R

The monitor has bad horizontal viewing angle, but it's fairly typical for a VA panel. Brightness decreases and blacks turn gray rapidly when the screen is viewed at an angle, while colors degrade less at an angle. The curve of this monitor does help to relieve this viewing angle because the angle of the screen relative to the user is decreased near the screen edges.

4.2 Vertical Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
MSI Optix G27C Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
21 °
Color Shift from Above
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
23 °
MSI Optix G27C Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
29 °
Brightness from Above
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
31 °
MSI Optix G27C Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
6 °
Black Level from Above
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
6 °

The MSI G27C has bad vertical viewing angle, but it's fairly typical for a VA panel. Blacks turn grey very rapidly at an angle, and brightness also decreases, making the contrast ratio near the top and bottom of the screen not as good as in the center. Fortunately, the color degradation isn't nearly as bad.

8.4 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
2.590 %
50% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.132 %
MSI Optix G27C 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.827 %
5% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.056 %

This MSI monitor has great gray uniformity. The 50% gray uniformity looks good overall, with only small darker areas near the edges. A warmer spot is also visible on the right side of the monitor. Looking at the 5% gray uniformity test picture, the bottom edge looks a bit brighter than the rest of the screen but overall the screen is fairly uniform. This is good for content which includes large uniform areas such as when browsing the web or watching YouTube videos.

3.2 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
3.875 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
N/A

The MSI G27C monitor has a bad black uniformity. Flashlighting is clearly visible near the top and bottom, which is bad. For dark scenes, the result is quite disappointing and results in a worse dark-room experience.

5.1 Pre Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Pre Calibration Picture MSI Optix G27C Pre Gamma Curve Picture MSI Optix G27C Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Standard
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
270 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
90
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
50
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
54-58-59
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6178 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
5.26
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
4.61
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.37

Out of the box, when set on the 'Standard' picture mode, the accuracy of the monitor is disappointing. The white balance dE and color dE are both higher and the inaccuracy could be noticed by most enthusiasts out there. The overall gamma is close to our 2.4 target, but the curve is not tracking the target very closely.

Note that is you are not planning on calibrating your monitor, the 'RTS' 'Picture Mode' is a bit more accurate and the worse one is the 'Eyesaver', which is not really accurate at all.

9.4 Post Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Post Calibration Picture MSI Optix G27C Post Gamma Curve Picture MSI Optix G27C Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Standard
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
7
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
65
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
53-57-59
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6602 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.91
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.86
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19

After calibration, the monitor accuracy is excellent. The white balance dE and color dE are now under 1, which is great even for professionals. The gamma now tracks our 2.4 target perfectly and the curve is almost perfect too. Looking more closely at the color accuracy, pretty much all color are tracking their target very closely, except the 100% blue primary, but this is not really too problematic.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

9.0 SDR Color Gamut
What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Color Gamut s.RGB Picture
s.RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the s.RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
97.7 %
MSI Optix G27C Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
82.8 %

The MSI Optix G27C has near perfect coverage of the standard s.RGB colorspace, which is great for most uses. Its coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace is quite limited, making this monitor less useful for professional use such as print editing.

9.6 SDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C s.RGB Color Volume ITP picture
s.RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the s.RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
99.5 %
MSI Optix G27C Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
91.7 %

Excellent color volume. The monitor's great contrast ratio allows it to show its near perfect s.RGB gamut at a large range of brightnesses, which is excellent. Its Adobe RGB volume though suffers due to its limited gamut.

0 HDR Color Gamut
What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
:
No
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A

HDR gamuts are not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
N/A

HDR color volumes are not supported.

10 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
MSI Optix G27C Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %

There is no temporary image retention present on the VA panel even after our 10 minute high contrast torture test, which is excellent.

7.5 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
MSI Optix G27C Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
8 Bit

The gradient performance of this MSI G27C monitor is good. 8 bit banding is present, and there are some artifacts especially in the dark shades of colors. For most use cases, this isn't an issue.

10 Color Bleed
What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %
MSI Optix G27C Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %

The MSI G27C does not produce any color bleed.

8.0 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
MSI Optix G27C Average room MSI Optix G27C Average room off picture MSI Optix G27C Bright room off picture

The MSI G27C is great at handling reflections. The curve distorts reflections and may be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the location of light sources. The light matte finish diffuses reflections across the screen, reducing their intensity. This is a good result for most rooms.

8.4

Motion

Score components:

Motion looks great on the MSI Optix G27C. It has a fast response time so there is only a short trail following moving objects. It is also flicker-free so motion appears smooth, and the 144 Hz refresh rate with FreeSync results in a very responsive feel without screen tearing in games. Unfortunately, the FreeSync range is a bit limited as it doesn't extend below 90 Hz like most FreeSync monitors.

8.0 Motion Blur
What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Score components:
MSI Optix G27C Motion Blur Picture MSI Optix G27C Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
6.7 ms
100% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
16.0 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
:
On

Over Driver Off
Over Driver On

Great response time, good enough for watching fast-paced content with only a short trail following moving objects. This is great for playing action-packed games with fast motion. The response time can be increased by activating the 'Over Driver' (Overdrive) setting without adding any overshoot artifacts, which is great.

7.5 Image Flicker
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
MSI Optix G27C Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
N/A

Like most monitors, the monitor doesn't flicker and shows each image for a full frame. Without flicker, motion appears slightly smoother which is good. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't have a BFI setting to reduce persistence blur by adding flicker, which would otherwise be useful for reducing blur with sports or other fast-paced content.

8.8 Refresh Rate
What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync
VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
90 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

The monitor has a high 144 Hz native refresh rate, which is great for gaming. It also has FreeSync so it can adjust the screen's refresh rate to match the frame rate of a compatible graphics card, which allows playing graphically-intensive games without tearing or stuttering. Unfortunately, the FreeSync range doesn't go below 90 Hz like most FreeSync monitors, so stuttering or tearing may occur when a game's framerate drops below 90 Hz.

8.6

Inputs

Score components:

The monitor has excellent low input lag and a large 27" size, but only a common 1080p FHD resolution, which gives it less pixel density and detail than 1440p 27" monitors.

9.5 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
5.3 ms
Non-Native Resolution
What it is:

Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:

Native Resolution Non-Native Resolution Tested
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
10.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
4.3 ms
HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A

Excellent low input lag, mostly due to the fast scan time of 144Hz. The 60 Hz input lag is higher as expected but is still fairly low. The FreeSync input lag is actually lower than the input lag at native refresh rate, which is great. While the monitor will accept non-native resolutions, 1920x1080 is the only resolution that supports 144 Hz input.

7.3 Resolution and Size
What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
Score components:
Native Resolution : FHD, 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 2.1 MP
Pixel Density : 82 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 27.1 inches
Screen Area : 313 sq inches

The monitor has a large 27" size but only a common FHD resolution, which gives it low pixel density and detail.

Inputs
MSI Optix G27C Inputs 1

The only inputs are located on the rear of the monitor.

Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : 1 (DVI-D, dual link)
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : No
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : No
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

Features

The MSI G27C has quite a basic menu at the bottom of the screen to adjust settings and enabled features such as dynamic contrast ratio, over-driver (response time adjustments), and Freesync. It is quite easy to navigate the menu with the traditional 4 button layout.

Additional Features
What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
Score components:
Speakers
What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
:
Yes
HDR10 : No

The Optix G27C has a few additional features in the menus which are quite gaming centric:

  • Over driver (response time adjustments)
  • Freesync
  • Eyesaver mode for reduced blue light

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
MSI Optix G27C Controls picture

The controls are located below the right-hand side of the monitor. They have a traditional layout and are quite easy to use. The buttons protrude slightly providing a good tactile feel.

In The Box
MSI Optix G27C In The Box picture

  • Manual
  • Displayport cable
  • Power cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the MSI Optix G27C, however, there are a series of Optix monitors with differing sizes, resolutions and other features - some of these are listed below.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their monitor doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Refresh Rate FreeSync Resolution
G24C 24" 144Hz Yes 1080p
MAG24C 24" 144Hz Yes 1080p
MPG27C 27" 144Hz No 1080p
MAG27C 27" 144Hz Yes 1080p
MAG27CQ 27" 144Hz Yes 1440p
AG32C 31.5" 165Hz Yes 1080p

Compared to other Monitors

MSI Optix G27C Group Shot Picture
Left: ASUS PB277Q. Middle: MSI Optix G27C. Right: LG 27UD58-B.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The MSI Optix G27C is a decent gaming monitor with deep blacks and a fast 144Hz refresh rate, but it faces tough competition. See our recommendations for the best 144 Hz monitorsbest gaming monitors and the best gaming monitors under $300.

ASUS VG248QE

The ASUS VG248QE is much better than the MSI Optix G27C, despite the smaller size, unless dark room viewing is important to you. The Asus VG248QE has much better ergonomics, making it easier to place it in the ideal position. The ASUS has a TN panel, which has a nearly instantaneous response time, so motion is clear with no blur trail. The Optix G27C has a VA panel, which has much better dark room performance thanks to the better contrast ratio.

AOC AGON AG271QX

The AOC AGON AG271QX is much better than the MSI Optix G27C. The AOC AGON has much better ergonomics, making it easier to place it in the most comfortable position. The AGON displays gradients with almost no banding and has a very fast response time, so motion looks crisp with very little blur trail. The higher resolution of the AGON makes it easier to get more done or to see more fine details in games.

ASUS ROG PG279Q

The ASUS ROG PG279Q is much better than the MSI Optix G27C. The PG279Q uses an IPS panel, which has much wider viewing angles and has a higher native resolution. It is much easier to place in an optimal viewing position thanks to the better ergonomics. Motion looks better on the PG279Q, as there is much less motion blur, thanks to the faster response time.

ASUS PB277Q

The ASUS PB277Q is much better than the MSI Optix G27C. The PB277Q has better ergonomics, so it is easier to adjust to the most optimal viewing positions. There is less motion blur on the PB277Q due to the faster response time, and the higher screen resolution allows you to see more fine details when gaming.

Samsung CF398

The Samsung CF398 is better than the MSI Optix G27C for most uses, but some people may prefer the Optix for gaming. The Optix is a bit brighter, and has slightly better native contrast, but worse black uniformity. The CF398 has wider viewing angles and better black uniformity. For gaming, the CF398 has a faster response time, but the Optix has a much faster refresh rate and lower input lag.

Dell D3218HN

The Dell D3218HN is slightly better than the MSI Optix G27C for mixed usage. The Dell D3218HN is larger and has an IPS panel that makes it more suitable for collaborative work as it has better viewing angles. The MSI Optix G27C, on the other hand, has a faster refresh rate with Freesync support and a lower input lag which make it great for gaming. Finally, the MSI Optix G27C has a curvy profile that many people like and better reflection handling than the Dell.

HP 27F

The HP 27f is overall much better than the MSI Optix G27C for most uses. The 27f has an IPS panel, so the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, great for quick co-op gaming sessions, or for sharing your work with a nearby coworker. The 27f also has much better dark room performance. For gamers, it depends on what is the most important to you, as the G27C has a much faster refresh rate and wider VRR range.

LG 27UD58-B

The LG 27UD58-B is a decent monitor with a high 4k resolution which is a bonus for multitasking in an office environment due to the extra screen real estate. It has an IPS panel which remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is good for sharing images with co-workers or ensuring colors when editing images are accurate. The LG only has a 60Hz refresh rate but is still a better choice for any usage due to this better overall performance.

Samsung UE590

The Samsung UE590 is a 4k monitor with a TN panel. It has sub-par picture quality, especially because the narrow viewing angle means the sides of the screen have a very inaccurate image. The 4k screen is a benefit for multi-tasking such as working in an office or editing media. For gaming though, the higher refresh rate of the Optix G27C and resulting responsiveness make the MSI a better pick.

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6.6Mixed Usage
Score components:
Ordinary monitor for a mixed usage. While it isn't a completely terrible display, the MSI G27C's overall performance is below average. Thanks to its 144 Hz refresh rate and low input lag, it does provide a decent gaming experience, but its mediocre picture quality and the very narrow viewing angle can often cause issues.
Subpar monitor for use in an office. The MSI Optix G27C's stand provides very little adjustment for comfort, and the lack of a VESA mount makes it difficult to solve. Combined with its very narrow viewing angle and average brightness, it makes for a monitor that is both difficult to use in a team environment and less than seamless for a single user.
Decent monitor for playing video games. The 144 Hz refresh rate and Freesync support enable a smooth and responsive experience, and the very low input lag helps make games feel connected. Unfortunately, the monitor's subpar picture quality and low pixel density negatively impact immersion enough to be a detriment.
Below average monitor for multimedia use. While the MSI G27C can cover the s.RGB color volume better than average thanks to its good contrast ratio, its blotchy blacks are significant enough to be damaging to the picture quality. It also lacks any HDR capabilities, which stops it from seeing any picture quality enhancement from wider gamut content.
The MSI Optix G27C is a monitor for media creation. While it does cover the s.RGB and Adobe RGB color volumes better than average, its very narrow viewing angle causes the screen to be inaccurate in most viewing positions, and its basic 8 bits of color depth is limiting for more professionally-oriented users.
HDR is not supported, which is common for most monitors on the market at the moment. For an HDR compatible monitor see the higher-end Samsung CHG70.

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