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MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Feb 10, 2021 at 09:28 am
MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.4
Gaming
7.5
Media Consumption
8.0
Media Creation
6.8
HDR
Size
27"
Resolution
2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is an excellent gaming monitor. It has a native 165Hz refresh rate with FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Motion looks smooth thanks to its incredible response time, and it also has extremely low input lag. It's well-built and has great ergonomics, allowing you to place the screen how you like. It uses quantum dot technology to provide a very wide color gamut for HDR content, but with its low HDR peak brightness, mediocre contrast, and lack of local dimming, HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content. You may also need to get it calibrated since colors look over-saturated out of the box. Lastly, it's packed with features like a 'Console Mode' designed to downscale 4k content from the PS5 to 1440p.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is great overall. It's excellent for gaming because of its high 165Hz refresh rate, extremely low input lag, and very quick response time. Its large 27 inch screen, 1440p resolution, and wide viewing angles make it good for office use. It's also great for content creators, but you may notice that colors are over-saturated before calibration. Lastly, it displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content but has low HDR peak brightness, a mediocre contrast ratio, and lacks local dimming.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Large screen and high 1440p resolution.
  • 165Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Incredible response time at max refresh rate and at 60Hz.
Cons
  • Colors look over-saturated before calibration.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
7.9 Office

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD is great for office use. It has a large, high-resolution screen that delivers clear text. The ergonomics are great, and it has wide viewing angles, making it easy to share your screen with someone else. It also gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling for well-lit rooms.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Large screen and high 1440p resolution.
Cons
  • Colors look over-saturated before calibration.
8.4 Gaming

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is excellent for gaming. It has a 165Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. The response time is incredible, resulting in clear motion, and it also has extremely low input lag. Sadly, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray when viewed in the dark.

Pros
  • Large screen and high 1440p resolution.
  • 165Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Incredible response time at max refresh rate and at 60Hz.
  • Extremely low input lag.
Cons
  • Colors look over-saturated before calibration.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.5 Media Consumption

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD is great for watching multimedia content. Its 1440p resolution helps deliver crisp images, and its wide viewing angles make it easy to watch videos with friends as the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. Unfortunately, its low contrast ratio results in blacks that look gray when viewed in the dark.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Large screen and high 1440p resolution.
Cons
  • Colors look over-saturated before calibration.
  • Low contrast ratio.
8.0 Media Creation

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is great for content creators. It has an exceptional SDR color gamut, but colors look over-saturated, and you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Luckily, it has wide viewing angles and great ergonomics, allowing you to easily share your screen with a client or coworker.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Large screen and high 1440p resolution.
Cons
  • Colors look over-saturated before calibration.
  • Low contrast ratio.
6.8 HDR

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD delivers an okay HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio and no local dimming, so blacks look gray in a dark room, and it's not very bright in HDR, so bright highlights don't stand out very well. It has an excellent HDR color gamut, though, with nearly complete coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content.

Pros
  • Displays wide color gamut for HDR content thanks to quantum dot technology.
Cons
  • Lacks local dimming.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.4 Gaming
  • 7.5 Media Consumption
  • 8.0 Media Creation
  • 6.8 HDR
  1. Updated May 02, 2022: We tested the monitor with the PS5's new variable refresh rate feature and confirmed that it's not compatible, since the PS5 only supports HDMI Forum VRR.
  2. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Nov 18, 2021: Updated the monitor to the latest firmware, and retested the accuracy out of the box with the new sRGB mode.
  4. Updated Feb 10, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD looks a bit different from other MSI monitors we've tested. It has a square-based stand that doesn't take up too much space. It has thin bezels on three sides with a thicker bottom bezel. The back has a sleek-looking design that won't stick out in an office environment, and it has RGB lighting.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD's build quality is great. It's made out of solid plastic, and there aren't any obvious gaps in the construction. The monitor feels stable on the stand, and there's minimal wobble.

8.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-75° to 75°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has great ergonomics. It has a wide swivel range, and you can rotate it into portrait mode in either direction. The back panel is a mix of matte and glossy plastic. There's a strip of RGB lighting above the glossy plastic. Cable management is serviced through the stand.

Design
Stand
Base Width
11.8" (30.0 cm)
Base Depth
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.8" (19.7 cm)
Weight (With Display)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)

The square-based stand is smaller than the tripod stand that we've seen on other MSI monitors, like the MSI Optix MAG271CQR, and it doesn't take up much space. It supports the monitor well, and there isn't much wobble.

Design
Display
Housing Width
23.8" (60.5 cm)
Housing Height
14.6" (37.0 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a joystick on the back right side to control the on-screen menu. There's a function button on the left side that you can assign a macro to through the OSD.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B upstream cable
  • Power supply and cable
  • VESA screw extenders
  • User manuals

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,195 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is normal for an IPS panel. Blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark. It's higher than the 1000:1 advertised contrast ratio, but this may vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
347 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
372 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
372 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
372 cd/m²
ABL
0.000
Minimum Brightness
65 cd/m²

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has great SDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to combat glare, and it maintains its brightness extremely consistent across different content. These measurements are from after calibration in the 'User' Picture Mode. The minimum brightness is a bit high, so it's not ideal if you're planning on using it in a completely dark room and are sensitive to light.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
367 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
389 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
390 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
390 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
390 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
389 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
389 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
389 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
389 cd/m²
ABL
0.000

The HDR peak brightness is alright. It gets brighter than in SDR, but it's not enough to make highlights stand out the way the creator intended. It doesn't track the EOTF very well. Dark scenes are brighter than the content creator intended, and there's a very sharp roll-off near the monitor's peak brightness, which causes a loss of fine details in bright scenes.

These measurements are with the HDR setting enabled; there's no brightness setting when it's enabled.

7.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
30°
Color Washout From Right
34°
Color Shift From Left
55°
Color Shift From Right
64°
Brightness Loss From Left
32°
Brightness Loss From Right
37°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
47°
Gamma Shift From Right
50°

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has a good horizontal viewing angle, which is normal for an IPS panel. The colors remain accurate when viewed at wide angles, so it's good for sharing your screen with others around you.

6.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
29°
Color Washout From Above
28°
Color Shift From Below
48°
Color Shift From Above
41°
Brightness Loss From Below
33°
Brightness Loss From Above
33°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
31°
Gamma Shift From Above
30°

The vertical viewing angle is okay. You may notice some color washout if you place the monitor above eye level, but the image remains accurate for the most part.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.282%
50% DSE
0.146%

Gray uniformity is great. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, but there's no visible dirty screen effect in the center. Uniformity is improved in near-dark scenes. Note that gray uniformity may vary between units.

6.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.541%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD's black uniformity is alright, although this may vary between units. The entire screen looks gray due to the low contrast ratio, and there's backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges. Luckily, there isn't much blooming around the test cross.

7.1
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Srgb
sRGB Gamut Area xy
96.8%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
6.63
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,217 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.02
Color dE (Avg.)
4.41
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Normal
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
70
Measured Brightness
327 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

Update 11/18/2021: We retested the monitor with the default settings after updating it to the latest firmware (v016). We've replaced our initial results, as well as all related text, as the accuracy out of the box has changed significantly.

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has decent accuracy out of the box. The most accurate sRGB mode has noticeable inaccuracies in most colors, and the white balance is way off. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve at all, as dark scenes are a bit too dark, and bright scenes are too bright. The color temperature is very cool, giving everything a bluish tint.

Unlike most monitors, using the sRGB mode doesn't lock down most picture settings. However, changing any picture setting while in the sRGB stops the monitor from effectively clamping the color gamut to the sRGB color space, resulting in a terribly oversaturated image.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
User
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.5%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.62
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,434 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.37
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
100-90-92
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
11
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The post-calibration accuracy is incredible. Colors are accurate and don't appear over-saturated any more. Color temperature is closer to the 6500K target, but it's a bit on the warm side. Gamma also does a better job at following the sRGB curve, but some dark scenes are still a bit too dark.

9.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.5%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
100.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has an exceptional SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of both the commonly-used sRGB color space and the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. However, most colors appear over-saturated in both sRGB and Adobe RGB because it covers more than the required color space, and it doesn't have a picture mode or setting to limit the colors to a specific color space.

9.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
97.8%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has an incredible SDR color volume. It displays bright colors well, thanks to its high peak brightness. However, it struggles with dark colors due to its low contrast ratio.

9.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
96.7%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
User
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
81.3%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
User

The HDR color gamut is excellent, thanks to its quantum dot technology. It has outstanding coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content. It also has great coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. The MAG274QRF (not QD) variant doesn't have the quantum dot layer and has a worse color gamut.

8.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
87.1%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
User
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
72.4%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
User

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD's HDR color volume is great. It displays colors at a wide range of luminance levels well, but it struggles with darker colors because of its low contrast ratio.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
3.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.4%

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has decent reflection handling. It performs well with a bit of light on it, but the reflections may become too distracting if there are direct light sources on it.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is good. It can be improved using ClearType (top photo) as it improves the appearance of diagonal lines as seen on the letters R, N, G, and S.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD's gradient handling is exceptional. There's almost no visible banding in real content.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
120 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has an excellent refresh rate. For a similar monitor with an even higher refresh rate, check out the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rates, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Total Response Time
6.9 ms
Overshoot Error
3.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
10.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
15.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FastestChartTablePhoto

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has an exceptional response time at its max refresh rate. Fast-moving content looks very smooth, and there's minimal motion blur. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast' because it has a quicker response time than 'Normal', and there's too much overshoot with the 'Extreme' setting.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
9.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
7.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
12.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FastestChartTablePhoto

This monitor has an excellent response time when gaming at 120Hz. Unfortunately, the 'Fast' overdrive mode has more noticeable overshoot than at the max refresh rate. The 'Normal' mode delivers a better experience overall and delivers a more consistent gaming experience across the range of supported refresh rates.

8.1
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
11.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
7.3 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
17.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
normalChartTablePhoto
fastChartTablePhoto
fastestChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is great. Once again, fast-moving content looks smooth. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Normal' because there's too much overshoot on the other settings. This means that you may have to change the setting if the frame rate of your game drops.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
136 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
136 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

Refresh RateMotion Blur Photo
120HzPhoto
MaxPhoto

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has a backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI), to help reduce motion blur. It works within a narrow range, it can't be used with VRR enabled, and you can't adjust the brightness when it's enabled either. Unfortunately, it behaves differently in the middle of the screen (as seen in the photo) than it does elsewhere. There's image duplication with fast-moving content near the top of the screen, as you can see in this photo.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.0 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
7.7 ms

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD's input lag is incredibly low. It increases with BFI enabled, but it remains low and won't be noticeable for most people.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
27.0"
Screen Area
310 in²

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has a great 27 inch screen with a high 1440p resolution. It's ideal for multitasking as you can easily open multiple windows side-by-side.

7.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD supports most formats from the PS5, but due to the lack of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it won't accept a 4k @ 120Hz signal. Even though the native resolution of this monitor is 1440p, it still accepts a 4k signal and downscales the image. It results in a sharper image than if you were to send a native 1440p signal.

9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor supports almost everything from the Xbox Series S or X, but since its HDMI ports don't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz gaming. Even though the native resolution of this monitor is 1440p, it still accepts a 4k signal and downscales the image. It results in a sharper image than if you were to send a native 1440p signal.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
480Mbps (USB 2.0)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
No
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Upstream
USB-C Power Delivery
5W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
Yes
Thunderbolt
No

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD has a USB-B input that you can use as an upstream port when connected to your PC. It also has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device. Although advertised to support a maximum of 15W of power delivery, in practice, it can only deliver 5W.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

This monitor works perfectly with recent macOS devices. HDR and variable refresh rate (VRR) both work perfectly, and there are no issues with sleep mode.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

There are a ton of extra features on the MSI MAG274QRF-QD, which you can see below:

  • Crosshair: Adds a crosshair on the screen for FPS games.
  • Frame Rate Counter: Displays the current frame rate.
  • Blue Light Reduction : Removes blue light to help reduce eye strain.
  • Gaming OSD 2.0: This downloadable software gives more options than just the regular OSD. You can control your peripherals, manage your windows, and you can assign a function to the macro button on the bottom left side of the monitor. You can also control the RGB lighting through this software. You have to connect the monitor to your computer via USB-B for these features to work.
  • Console Mode: This feature is designed to downscale 4k content to 1440p on the PS5.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, which is only available in a 27 inch size. There's an MSI Optix MAG274QRF variant that doesn't have a quantum dot layer, so it's expected to have a different color gamut. If someone comes across a different type of panel or their MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update the review. Keep in mind that model codes and SKUs may vary between regions.

Some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units. Our unit was manufactured in October 2020, and you can see our label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is an excellent gaming monitor packed with features. Its incredible response time results in smooth motion, and it has extremely low input lag. However, colors look over-saturated out of the box, and there are cheaper options available with similar gaming performance, like the Gigabyte M27Q.

Also see our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best monitors for PS5, and the best gaming monitors.

Dell S2721DGF

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Dell S2721DGF are both great monitors with similar gaming features. They're both 1440p monitors with a 165Hz refresh rate and outstanding response time. The MSI has a BFI feature, which the Dell doesn't, but it only works within a narrow frequency range. The MSI also has a USB-C input, which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. On the other hand, the Dell is a better choice if you want to use it in a well-lit room because it has much better reflection handling. It also has a local dimming feature, but it performs terribly.

Gigabyte M27Q

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte M27Q are two excellent gaming monitors with a 1440p resolution. They each have outstanding response time, low input lag, FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility. The MSI has much better ergonomics, making it easy to place the screen how you like. However, the Gigabyte has much better out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors don't look over-saturated like they do on the MSI. It also has Picture-by-Picture/Picture-in-Picture modes, allowing you to display images from two sources at once.

LG 27GP850-B

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the LG 27GP850-B perform almost identically overall. The MSI is a better choice for most people, as it has a much better stand, as it has a wide swivel range and can rotate to portrait orientation in either direction. The MSI also feels better built, and it has a USB-C port for better connectivity with some devices.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ

The ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ performs very similarly to the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. As far as gaming goes, you can't really go wrong with either one. The MSI has a slightly faster response time at the max refresh rate while the ASUS has a slightly faster response time at 60Hz and a marginally higher refresh rate, but really, these are minor differences. While the MSI has a wider color gamut thanks to its use of Quantum Dot technology, in practice, colors can look oversaturated. The ASUS has a couple of other things that may make it preferable to some. It has wider viewing angles, so the image stays accurate from the sides, and it has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may not need to calibrate it to get the most out of your monitor. All in all, though, these are both excellent gaming monitors.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A

Overall, the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD performs better than the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A. The MSI has a much faster response time to deliver a clearer image in fast-moving scenes. It has a much wider color gamut for HDR due to its Quantum Dot layer; however, it doesn't get as bright as the ASUS to bring out highlights in HDR content. The MSI has more USB ports, including a USB-C that supports DisplayPort and 15W charging.

LG 27GL850-B

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a better gaming monitor than the LG 27GL850-B. They have similar features with a 1440p resolution, FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and a very quick response time. The MSI has a Black Frame Insertion feature, which the LG doesn't, but it has a narrow flicker range and can't be used with VRR enabled. The MSI also has much better ergonomics, including a swivel adjustment, which the LG doesn't have.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are both great monitors with excellent gaming performance; however, they're different. The Samsung uses a VA panel and is available in a 27 inch or 32 inch size, while the MSI uses an IPS panel and is only available in a 27 inch. If you want better dark room performance, go with the Samsung because it can produce much deeper blacks. It has a higher refresh rate as well, but the difference is often hard to tell for most casual gamers. The MSI isn't as good for dark rooms due to its IPS panel's mediocre contrast, but it provides wider viewing angles, and it has USB-C input.

MSI Optix G273QF

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is better for most uses than the MSI Optix G273QF, but they have similar gaming performance. They both have an incredible response time, very low input lag, and a 165Hz refresh rate for gaming. The MAG274QRF-QD has much better ergonomics, allowing you to easily adjust the screen. It also supports HDR10, which the G273QF doesn't, and it has many more features, such as a Console Mode that's designed for PS5 compatibility.

Gigabyte G27Q

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is better than the Gigabyte G27Q for most uses. The MSI has a slightly higher refresh rate and faster response time to deliver smoother motion. It also has better ergonomics because it allows for swivel and pivot adjustments, and its USB hub includes a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort and 15W charging. It has a wider color gamut than the Gigabyte but doesn't get as bright to bring out highlights in HDR content.

Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx

The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are very similar gaming-wise. The main differences are that the MSI has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt Mode and a better color gamut in HDR.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the ASUS TUF VG27AQ are two excellent gaming monitors; they each have a 1440p resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. Motion looks smoother on the MSI thanks to its quick response time, especially at 60Hz. However, the ASUS has a BFI feature that works at a wider refresh rate range than the MSI, and it can also be used when VRR is enabled, which the MSI can't do.

Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70

The Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are different types of monitors. The Samsung is a 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 inputs, so it's a better choice for console gaming, while the MSI has a 1440p resolution and a slightly higher 165Hz refresh rate. Motion handling is fantastic on both, but the MSI has a slightly faster response time at 60Hz. The MSI has a few more office features like better ergonomics and a USB-C input, but the Samsung delivers clearer text thanks to the higher resolution. The MSI is also a better choice for use in well-lit rooms because it gets brighter.

LG 27GP83B-B

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a bit better than the LG 27GP83B-B. The MSI has much better ergonomics, a wider color gamut, and better text clarity. The response time is similar between the two, but the MSI has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur. The MSI also has a bit better connectivity, with a built-in USB hub and a USB-C port.

Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50 are both excellent gaming monitors. They both have a 165Hz refresh rate, native FreeSync VRR support, a 1440p resolution, and fantastic motion handling. There are a few differences in picture quality, though; the MSI displays a wider color gamut in HDR and SDR, but that's because it over-saturates the colors, meaning some people may prefer the Samsung. The Samsung also gets brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. On the other hand, the MSI has a better selection of inputs, such as a USB-C input and two USB inputs that you can connect your keyboard and mouse to.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM offer very similar performance, each with strengths and weaknesses. The ASUS is a bit better for HDR, as it has a local dimming feature, and it's a bit brighter in HDR. The MSI has better ergonomics and an optional backlight strobing feature, which can help improve the appearance of motion in some games.

Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx are similar monitors, but the Acer has a bit more to recommend it. They both have exceptional color gamuts, but the MSI lacks an sRGB setting, so colors appear oversaturated. The Acer also has a higher refresh rate, gets brighter in SDR and HDR, and has better accuracy out of the box.

Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q

The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are very similar overall. The MSI performs better because it has a faster response time. The Gigabyte has a Picture-in-Picture mode, but on the other hand, the MSI has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode.

LG 27GN850-B

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a bit better for most uses than the LG 27GN850-B, but they have many of the same features. They both have outstanding response time and low input lag for gaming, but the MSI has a slightly higher 165Hz refresh rate. It also has a BFI feature, but it only works within a narrow range. However, the LG has better out-of-the-box accuracy and colors don't look as over-saturated as the MSI, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest.

Gigabyte M32Q

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte M32Q offer very similar performance overall. The biggest difference between them is in their design. If you prefer a larger screen, go with the Gigabyte, but if ergonomics are more important to you and you don't plan on VESA mounting the monitor, the MSI might be the better choice.

LG 32GP850-B

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the LG 32GP850-B are similar overall, and the differences between them are minor. The MSI has better ergonomics; if that doesn't matter to you, the LG has better reflection handling and a larger screen. The LG also has better accuracy out of the box and better gray uniformity, but these could vary between units.

LG 27GN880-B

The LG 27GN880-B and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are very similar. The most notable difference is that the MSI has a higher refresh rate of 165Hz versus the LG's 144Hz, which results in a slightly smoother and more responsive gaming experience. The MSI also has a wider SDR and HDR color gamut, and more features, like two USB 3.0 ports a USB-C with DisplayPort Alt Mode. On the flip side, the LG has a better stand that takes up less space and provides more ergonomic adjustments.

Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X are both excellent gaming monitors. They each have an IPS panel with a 1440p resolution, but the main difference is that the Gigabyte has a 240Hz refresh rate, and the MSI is 165Hz. They have quick response times, native FreeSync support, and low input lag for gaming. The MSI uses a traditional RGB subpixel layout, whereas the Gigabyte uses BGR, which not all programs may use and could result in blurry text. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.

MSI Optix G273

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a much better monitor than the MSI Optix G273. The MAG274QRF-QD delivers a much smoother gaming experience, with a faster response time, resulting in less motion blur behind fast-moving objects. The MAG274QRF-QD also has better compatibility with consoles, as it can display a 1440p or downscaled 4k signal, so your favorite games look sharper and more detailed. Finally, the MAG274QRF-QD supports HDR, whereas the G273 is limited to SDR.

Razer Raptor 27 165Hz

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Razer Raptor 27 165Hz are great 1440p monitors with a 165Hz resolution. The MSI displays a wider color gamut in SDR and HDR, but that's because it over-saturates colors. The MSI also has a much quicker response time at 60Hz, delivering smoother motion for console gamers, and has better ergonomics. The Razer has better reflection handling and gets slightly brighter, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. Even though the MSI has Adaptive Sync technology and the Razer has native FreeSync, both FreeSync and G-SYNC VRR work on either monitor.

MSI Optix MAG161V

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the MSI Optix MAG161V are very different monitors that target different uses, so they're not really directly comparable. The MAG161V is a portable monitor with a 16 inch 1080p screen, designed for productivity on the go. The MAG274QRF-QD is a desktop gaming monitor with a 27 inch 1440p screen, and it delivers a much better experience overall, but it's not portable.

ASUS ProArt PA148CTV

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are very different products with different intended uses, so the results aren't really comparable. The MSI is a desktop fixed gaming monitor with a high refresh rate and advanced gaming features. The ASUS is a simple portable monitor designed for extra productivity on the go.

ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE

The ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are very different monitors, each with strengths and weaknesses. The ASUS is designed for portability, so it has a smaller screen, much worse ergonomics, and slightly worse viewing angles. The MSI is more feature-rich, as it supports HDR and has an optional black frame insertion feature.

ViewSonic VG1655

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the ViewSonic Vg1655 are two different monitors. The MSI is a standard monitor with a 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. It has more gaming features than the ViewSonic, like VRR support, a very quick response time, and low input lag. Since it's a regular desktop monitor, it also has a stand with much better ergonomics. The ViewSonic is a portable monitor with a 1080p resolution, but it has much better text clarity with its smaller screen.

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