A specific monitor from MSI with a rather complicated name, Optix MAG251RX, came to our testIf you describe it in a few words, you get the following: for e-sports, at 240 Hz, and on IPS. Today we'll see how this type of matrix, and evaluate how well the model is tailored.


The MAG251RX comes in a simple cardboard box with instructions, a 65W power supply, and DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB cables for connecting to a computer. The leg is disassembled: a separate platform for the table, a separate stand with a slot for cables. The structure is assembled in just a couple of minutes: you need to fasten only three bolts. However, you can not bother with this. The monitor supports 10 x 10 cm VESA mounts and comes with spacer screws for wall mounting.
240Hz IPS - Who Needs Them?  Review and test MSI Optix MAG251RX
The case of the panel itself is relatively thick, but, apparently, they made it so for the sake of either the design or the cooling of the matrix. The box is empty to the touch, and the monitor itself literally weighs 3-4 kg. However, the body is strong, it does not bend or bend anywhere, and it is assembled from plastic that is slightly rough to the touch. The front panel is not distracting: no logos, thin non-reflective bezels, and gray, non-conspicuous support. But on the back, everything is designed exactly as it should look at competitions or in computer clubs: there is an inscription that the monitor is made for e-sports, and customizable backlighting, and the MSI Gaming dragon logo.
We won't say anything special about the leg. It is there, it takes up a minimum of space on the table and allows you to adjust the panel in height and tilt. Unfortunately, it doesn't flip in portrait mode. All of the main connectors are facing downward, recessed inside the case, and not easy to get to. But the set itself is excellent: DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0, three standard USBs on the left side, and USB Type-C with Thunderbolt, to which it is extremely convenient to connect from laptops (you can even drive in the opposite direction).
240Hz IPS - Who Needs Them?  Review and test MSI Optix MAG251RX

Management and settings

We have no complaints about the management either. At the back, in the lower right corner, there is a mini-joystick, which is responsible for the entire menu, and for quick functions like switching signal sources. In addition, MSI has long implemented control through the proprietary MSI Gaming OSD software, in which you can change not only the brightness/contrast but also the color gamut of the panel - plus all this is allowed to be scattered across profiles and tied to the launch of applications. So, if you get really confused, then you can assign some settings for Photoshop, others for Word, and others for CoD: Warzone.
240Hz IPS - Who Needs Them?  Review and test MSI Optix MAG251RX
The monitor also has its own set of profiles for different genres. Usually, we don't focus on them - we never understood the logic of these settings - but in the case of the MAG251RX, MSI explained everything. For example, in FPS mode, the monitor lowers the saturation of colors so that enemies are not lost, for example, in tall grass. In RTS, it overestimates the contrast to make it easier to distinguish units by color. Likewise in RPG mode, but here the contrast is added to emphasize every detail. In general, it does work, but following the rules is not at all necessary. As we already said, it is much more interesting to choose your own settings for each game and link them through the MSI program. Moreover, there are enough options here: this is a fixed sight, a system for lightening dark zones, which is called "Night Vision" here, and even an alarm clock with a timer.

The matrix

Now about the matrix. In general, at the time of its release (early 2020), this model was considered almost revolutionary, since it was one of the first to offer 240 Hz on IPS. Before that, we had to be content with TN, which suffered from low viewing angles and did not please with color rendition.
Right there everything is all right with that. Display - 8-bit with 95.5% sRGB coverage. At the same time, the monitor can be calibrated at 0.24, which is quite enough for competent work with color. The matrix has no problems with viewing angles, but, unfortunately, there is glare: against a dark background, the LEDs are visible along the lower left edge. However, in dynamics, it is not particularly striking.
240Hz IPS - Who Needs Them?  Review and test MSI Optix MAG251RX
As for the speed, then, as already mentioned, it is 240 Hz and 1 ms of GtG response. Unfortunately, we cannot yet verify the latter, but according to UFO tests, the MRPT response is 6.7 ms, which is almost 30% lower than that of our 144 Hz matrix on the LG 34UC79GContinuing the UFO comparisons, we note that the MSI matrix also has a much lower ghosting effect. Yes, at 240 Hz it is still present, but in minimal volume. In theory, it can be almost removed altogether by turning on the 1ms Adaptive Sync function, but then the display will begin to substitute black frames, and not everyone likes this.
However, even with minimal ghosting, the transition from 144 to 240 Hz is visible almost immediately. Here, however, it is worth making a reservation: it is really noticeable only in competitive shooters at very high speeds. For example, a sharp 180-degree turn at 144 Hz is guaranteed soap, at 240 Hz the picture remains clear. Yes, there is still a slight blur (IPS features), but it cannot be compared with what 144 Hz gives. But if you take something simpler like FIFA 21, then 240 Hz is practically invisible in it. Yes, if you know where to look and where to look for problem areas, you can see that the trail behind the players is minimal, and there seems to be a feeling of a slightly faster response, but 240 Hz does not give any radically new impressions. Likewise with solo games like Metro: Exodus... Here, however, everything rests not so much on the monitor as on the hardware, which is not able to pull out the required number of frames.
240Hz IPS - Who Needs Them?  Review and test MSI Optix MAG251RX
That is, so that you understand, even in CoD: Warzone we barely managed to get 240 fps at minimum settings. And this even though we have a test bench with a Core i9-9900K with 5 GHz across all cores and with an RTX 3090.
The result is the following picture. The eSports inscription on the Optix MAG251RX is no coincidence: this is a very specific model, which is designed for those who spend most of their time playing e-sports and can appreciate every extra frame. But for those who are not fond of this genre or who go to shoot at Apex once a month at the most, such speeds are unlikely to be needed. Most of the time, you will still be playing at lower fps and with G-Sync enabled.
But for those who are not nice to live without esports, the display may like itIn terms of speed, it is not inferior to analogs on TN (perhaps in response) and at the same time gives all the advantages of IPS: good viewing angles and correct colors. There are few downsides: only a slight illumination from below and a too simple leg.
MSI Optix MAG251RX
Diagonal: 24.5 inches
Matrix type: IPS
Resolution: 1920x1080
Scanning frequency: 240 Hz
Brightness: 400 cd / m22
Claimed response time: 1ms (GtG)
Ports : 2x HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, USB Type-C, 3x USB 3.0, 3.5mm jack
Optional : Supports AMD FreeSync Premium, G-Sync Compatible
Dimensions: 56x50,7x18, 2 cm
Weight: 5.4 kg
Price for June 2021: 35,000 rubles ($ 460)

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