MSI 27" Optix G27C4 curved monitor still $178. + tax -5% Discovercard cashback at Walmart, YMMV


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Jul 15, 2001
Did a search and didn't find a Larry post on it.
I was looking for a gaming monitor to replace my 7 year old Dell U24 and found this one still on sale at Walmart, pickup only. As of today, my local Walmart still has 1 left, YMMV. Yeah, it's only 1920x1080 resolution but 165Hz refresh rate (with a DP cable), 1ms response time??, has a Samsung anti-glare SVA panel, and supports FreeSync and G-Sync. Full specs:

It's speced for 165Hz but MSI only supplies you with an HDMI cable not a DisplayPort cable. You will only get 60Hz with the HDMI cable, but I was able to set it to 120HZ max in the nvidia control panel. I had to order a DisplayPort cable for $10. shipped.
With the HDMI cable the colors are a bit washed out and the blacks are slightly gray, but no dead pixels or backlight leak. The monitor has a sturdy metal stand but no height adjustment, only tilt. There is no supplied manual with the monitor, only a Quick Start guide. You have to go to MSI's website to download the full manual.
There's an excellent review of this monitor on Tom's Hardware's website.

I hooked the monitor up to my Geforce GTX 1660 Ti video card with a DisplayPort cable. I had to open the nvidia control panel to change the refresh rate to 165Hz and to setup G-Sync. It works with this monitor but only with a DisplayPort cable. Colors still looked washed out and the blacks gray.
I set the color temp in the OSD as recommended by Tom’s Hardware to R 48, G 55, B 57, and Contrast to 69. This helped some but the gamma, as shown here, was low, ~2.0. Tom’s Hardware also found it low. It should run about 2.2 and there is no way in the OSD to change it.
I ran the Windows Display Color Calibration and was able to get gamma to ~2.2. Colors look better and blacks are less gray.

Pros: Price
Games look very good but requires OSD tweaking and setting gamma.
165Hz refresh rate but only with a DisplayPort cable and a capable video card.
FreeSync and can run G-Sync
Samsung SVA panel
High contrast 3,000:1
Free game when you register it on MSI's website.
3 year warranty

Cons: No speakers or USB ports (not a con for me)
Not very bright, 250 nits max rated, running mine at 85 brightness
No gamma adjustment in the OSD
No Displayport cable supplied

No height adjustment, only tilt, but the height on my desk is about right for me.
Good gaming monitor but not for Photoshop.
Response time is advertised as 1ms but that’s GTG so actual is probably higher.

Perfect fit on my 15 year old home-made oak plywood desk.



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Jan 18, 2002
Snag it!!!

LOL I missed it, now it shows $178, I did not need it anyway, so no big deal, must have been a "Wednesday deal".

Edit: Actually, I think I know what happened. There were 5 in stock locally, and that WAS the local price. Somebody went in yesterday and likely snagged all 5, so the price reverted to national 178. Voila!
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