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MSI's new 240Hz gaming monitor comes with an IPS panel

By Aaron Yip - on 9 Jan 2020, 1:59am

Meet MSI's new esports gaming monitor - the Optix MAG251RX

Image source: MSI

MSI is introducing a new gaming monitor to its lineup, this time focused on esports: the Optix MAG251RX

This monitor has a refresh rate of 240Hz and response time of 1ms, and is also only the first MSI gaming monitor to use G-Sync compatible technology, which is an NVIDIA technology that allows for less annoying screen tears during gameplay. 

Unlike most gaming monitors with a 240Hz refresh rate, the Optix MAG251RX will also come with an IPS panel (instead of the more common, but inferior TN panel), and VESA certified HDR 400 - so you won’t have to worry about visuals too. The monitor also comes with a UI called the Gaming OSD App, which allows you to customise display settings under a software window and with in-game hotkeys on the fly. 

Image source: MSI

What’s interesting is that this app comes with a new feature - Night Vision, which brightens up details in dark areas of the screen. It does this without overexposing the entire display, supposedly. Overall, it seems like a pretty great choice for esports players. Night vision in particular, could be really useful if unfair, in competitive games - where spotting enemies can mean the difference between a win and a loss. 

Check out the specs below: 




Optix MAG251RX

Aspect Ratio


Panel Type

IPS Panel

Panel Resolution

1920 x 1080

Screen size

24.5” (62.2cm)

Mystic Light


Refresh Rate


Response Time



84% / 107%

Viewing Angle

178° (H) / 178° (V)



Contrast Ratio



1 x DP 1.2

2 x HDMI 2.0

1 x USB Type C (DP alt.)

1 x Earphone out

1 x DC jack

1 x USB 2.0 Type B

3 x USB 2.0 Type A

MSI will release pricing and availability information at a later date.

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