MSI Reveals “Ultra-Fast” Esports Monitors

MSI Optix Curved Gaming Series

Hardware manufacturer, MSI has unveiled an expansion of its monitor lineup, targeting esport gamers.

MSI has released a brand new Optix Curved Gaming Series, alongside a series of new models in the flat monitor line as well.

This follows on from another big announcement recently from MSI, of their 5K2K Ultrawide Prestige PS341WU Monitor. 

Curved Monitor Specifications 

The curved Optix Series, including models MAG272C, MAG272CR and MAG272CQR have been built with high speed and quality visuals in mind. MSI aims to deliver faster refresh rates, ultra-smooth gameplay and quick response times to create a truly immersive experience for gamers. 

The monitor series come with 2560x1440p WQHD resolution on a curved VA panel. The 1500R curvature monitors will promise 165Hz refresh rates, HDR colors and 1ms response times. 

MSI’s Flat Monitor Range

Alongside the curved monitor range, MSI has also revealed a whole new lineup of flat eSports gaming monitors. These models include the Optix MAD272, MAG272R, and MAG272QP.

The flat monitors will offer similar resolutions to the curved monitors, as well as VA panel technology, the same 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. They are also all HDR-ready and feature Night Vision, anti-flicker, and blue light technology.

Flat-screen monitors will also offer wide viewing angles of 178 degrees, and flexible swivel, height, and tilt adjustment so you can ensure your monitor setup is exactly right for you. 

MSI says that their latest gaming monitor range will ensure that “games are visually smoother, sharper and all with great color depth too”.

They also highlighted: “Fast-moving game genres such as first-person shooters, fighters, racing sims, real-time strategy, and sports benefit significantly from these improved refresh rates and response times.”

Best Esports Gaming Setup

If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of MSI’s new monitors and also want a PC build to go with it, we can help.

We have a guide to help you build a gaming PC, ranging from budget to more advanced models. However, in the case of choosing a PC build specifically for esports games, we have some thoughts. 

Esports PC Build

Some esports games can run fine on low-end systems, but if you want an improved experience, we would recommend mid to high-end PC setups. 

If you are only looking to play a few older esports titles, you’d probably be fine with a budget $400 setup. Titles such as DOTA, League of Legends and other esports games won’t push your system to the max.

However, if you want to get into modern titles (and play other demanding games) then we’d recommend going for a build that’s $600 and higher. These builds will offer you better framerates, graphics settings and will provide a more immersive and enjoyable experience without any lag while gaming. 

Titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege will greatly benefit from a high-end system. 


Building your system is only half the battle, you’ll also want to make sure you have a good setup of peripherals. Take a look below for some of our suggestions, these peripherals will give you a comfortable yet competitive gaming experience. 

Headset – If you’re looking for an immersive gaming experience, you’ll want a decent headset that’s comfortable and durable. We have a handy list of recommended gaming headsets including the SteelSeries Arctis 7 which comes highly recommended and is a good all-rounder. 

Keyboard – For the right keyboard, you can take a look at our recommendations ranging from budget to mechanical to RGB models. For esports titles, we’d recommend you try out a mechanical keyboard for durability and high responsiveness. A good example is the Logitech G Pro which is built with esports in mind. 

Mouse – For this type of gaming, we’d recommend a mouse with a high DPI rate and extra buttons for increased usability. Take a look at our gaming mouse buyer’s guide to see a range of options. The Logitech G600 would be a good pick for what you need. 

Closing thoughts

If you’re looking to purchase a new monitor for your system then one of the news MSI “Ultra-Fast” monitors would be a great addition. Hopefully, you’ll find our mini-guide on how to build a gaming PC useful if you are still in the process of completing your build. 

For those looking to improve their esports gaming setup, MSI’s new line of monitors is good news indeed. We’re looking forward to giving them a test and wonder how they will measure up to other gaming monitors we recommend.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask, we’re always here to help with any tips or suggestions you may need.