After recently releasing the Optix AG32C, MSI brings us yet another promising gaming monitor, the MSI Optix MAG24C. Just like the 31.5-inch version, the MSI MAG24C features a curved high-contrast VA panel developed by Samsung with the cutting-edge 1ms MPRT technology, 144Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, and AMD FreeSync.
The MSI Optix MAG24C boasts an 8-bit VA panel with a stellar 3,000:1 static contrast ratio for the superior relation between the darkest and the brightest colors as well as vivid and true black colors. Moreover, the panel provides extended color gamut with 85% of the NTSC color space coverage which amounts to 110% sRGB.
Unlike similarly priced 144Hz gaming monitors with a TN panel, the MAG24C ensures flawless viewing experience no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen thanks to the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles.
Though the Full HD 1920×1080 resolution isn’t exactly first-class, it’s still considered as the standard and will provide you with a crisp image quality due to the humble 24-inch monitor size. Additionally, the 1080p resolution makes it easier on your GPU and CPU to maintain those desired high frame rates.
When it comes to the MSI Optix MAG24C response time speed, the panel uses the latest 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) which by backlight strobing ensures fluid gameplay without ghosting and motion blur of the fast-moving objects.
If you have a FreeSync-compatible AMD graphics card, you can synchronize the MSI Optix MAG24C refresh rate to your GPU’s frame rate. By doing so, you will eliminate all screen tearing and stuttering within the synchronized, dynamic refresh rate range.
While the MSI Optix MAG24C FreeSync range isn’t specified by MSI, we assume it will amount to 30-144Hz as it did with the previous model, the MSI Optix G24C.
The monitor is flicker-free, has a low blue light filter, and features anti-glare coating which altogether allows for a seamless gaming experience for hours to an end without causing you eyestrain.
Other features of the MSI Optix MAG24C 1080p display include user-friendly OSD (On-Screen Display) navigatable via the 5-way joystick and pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS/RPG, Cinema, and EyeCare scenarios as well as three customizable gaming profiles.
Design and Connectivity
The design of the MSI Optix MAG24C VA-panel display sports a gamer-inspired appearance with red LEDs at the back, thin bezels, and extensive ergonomics (-/+ 45° swivel, -5°,15° swivel, 0-65mm height adjustment, and 75 x 75 VESA mount compatibility). The aggressive 1800R curvature wraps your peripheral vision into the gaming world making for a more immersive gaming experience.
Connectivity consists of an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, and a Dual-Link DVI-D. AMD FreeSync technology works best when connected to the DisplayPort as the HDMI port of the MSI Optix MAG24C maxes out at 120Hz. The DVI port allows for 144Hz at 1080p as well, but it cannot work with FreeSync.
Price & Similar Monitors
The MSI Optix MAG24C price amounts to $255 at the moment (December 2017). Consider that it costs just as much as other 24-inch 144Hz gaming monitors yet it offers the engaging screen curvature, a high-contrast and wide-gamut VA panel, and the innovative 1ms MPRT technology.
MSI also plans to launch the same monitor as a 27-inch version, the MSI Optix MAG27C and with 2560×1440 screen resolution, the MSI Optix MAG27CQ.
The previous version of the monitor, the MSI Optix G24C has proven excellent performance and offers the exact same specifications but doesn’t have the same modern design. It’s a good alternative if you wish to save some money. You may also want to check out the 27-inch version of the G24C, the MSI Optix G27C.
If you’re after something a tad pricier yet similar, consider investing in the Samsung C24FG70 with the same key features but a wider color gamut thanks to its quantum-dot technology.
The MSI Optix MAG24C 144Hz gaming monitor offers excellent specifications considering its price. While the 1800R curvature and the high-quality VA panel ensure vibrant colors and an immersive viewing experience, the high refresh rate, FreeSync, and 1ms MPRT guarantee smooth gameplay. All of that at the same price that could get you a similar 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor, but with a TN panel and less premium design and features.
|Resolution||1920x1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (MPRT)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (Unconfirmed: 30Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI|
|Contrast Ratio||3000:1 (Static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|