MSI announces two MPG Artymis QHD gaming monitors with high refresh rates

GPUs will have a hard time pushing all those frames.

MSI reveals two further monitors from the MPG family touting QHD resolutions and Quantum Dot technology.

Dubbed Artymis 273CQR-QD and 273CQRX-QD, they share similar specs apart from refresh rates, which goes from 165Hz to 240Hz, respectively, alongside a 1ms pixel response time (MPRT), and FreeSync Premium Pro for a tear-free gaming experience.

240Hz should suffice even the most hardcore of gamers, especially seeing that most AAA games tend to exact a large toll on modern GPUs.

MSI chooses a 1000R curved VA panel measuring 27in (69cm) to power both beasts. A 2560×1440 resolution provides good enough pixel density without going overboard and requiring top-of-the-line hardware. Being VA also means a good contrast ratio at 3000:1, much better than IPS, although still not to the level of OLED.

The Quantum Dot layer allows for deeper colours, according to the blurb, resulting in 128 per cent of sRGB, 93 per cent Adobe RGB, and 95 per cent DCI-P3 gamut coverages, while factory calibration ensures Delta-E equal to or less than two, according to MSI.

MPG Artymis 273CQRX-QD

A Vesa DisplayHDR 400 certification is present with 530 nits peak brightness, but no mention of local dimming zones. SDR mode, which most people will probably use, is limited to 400 nits.

Video input is carried by two HDMI 2.0b capped at 144Hz, one DisplayPort 1.2a at 165Hz or 240Hz, depending on the model, or a USB Type-C via DP alt mode. A KVM switch makes it easier than ever to pair these monitors with your consoles, to show off your true gamer skills with a mouse/keyboard.

As always, some gaming-centric features are present, like ‘Optix Scope’ that zooms in the crosshair, ‘Smart Crosshair’ which changes the aim dot colour automatically, or ‘Night Vision’ for lighting up dark scenes.

Finally, price and availability are still to be disclosed.