MSI introduces the Optix MAG281URF, a 4K@144Hz monitor with HDMI 2.1

midian182

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What just happened? We might not be able to find graphics cards, but it seems consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to monitors. Another model is on its way from MSI that sounds quite compelling: the Optix MAG281UFR, a 28-inch display with a 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1.

MSI’s Optix MAG281URF has the potential to be a great monitor when combined with a powerful graphics card. Its 28-inch “Rapid IPS” screen offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution combined with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms GTG response time.

MSI is also promoting the monitor’s HDMI 2.1 support, making it more appealing to PS5/XBSX owners. The product’s website emphasizes that this is actual HDMI 2.1 with its full 48 Gbps bandwidth and not ‘fake HDMI 2.1,’ which has bandwidth matching the HDMI 2.0 specification.

Elsewhere, the monitor is G-Sync compatible and VESA Display 400 certified (400 nits peak HDR brightness). It also covers 95% of the DCI-P3 and 124% of the sRGB color gamuts, figures that the company says puts it ahead of 90% of other gaming monitors.

Other features of the Optix MAG281URF include a blue light reduction filter that reduces emissions in the blue-violet segment of the blue light spectrum without sacrificing color or picture quality, claims MSI.

It also has a KVM switch so users can control and transfer files between multiple devices using a single mouse, keyboard, and monitor, along with in-built crosshairs and magnifiers, picture-by-picture mode, and RGB lighting on the rear for casting ambient light.

Port selection is quite extensive with a single DisplayPort (1.4a), two HDMI 2.1 inputs, two USB 2.0 Type-A, a USB 2.0 Type-B, and a USB Type-C that can also power devices up to 15W.

No word yet on pricing or availability. For comparison, the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ, a 32-inch 4K@144Hz monitor, is around $1,000, so expect the smaller Optix MAG281URF to arrive under this price point.

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VitalyT

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My 3-year old DELL U3219Q is a 32" with HDR-400. If we are to be excited with an HDMI 2.1 monitor, it's gotta do better than HDR-400, and be a proper 32".
 
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Burty117

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It is boring now, nothing new, all just the same panels for the last 5 years but with different marketing.

Can we start seeing some actually new stuff next year? Mini-LED, QD-OLED, or even just a dramatic price drop on FALD monitors would be good.

I still cannot believe HDR400 is a thing, such a copout. Proper HDR implimentations look incredible, such a shame it's being ruined with a truck load of crap monitors.
 

captaincranky

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And here I was, thinking that true HDR required about a 1000 nits..
When did we start using "nits", instead of foot candles anyway?

I nave an ancient 40, "ProScan" TV, with a CCFL back light that claims 450 FC, and don;t stand too close to that sucker, unless you're wearing sunscreen.

I'm not very fond of MSI anyway. I have two pieces of their junk, a GT-710, which seems to work, and a GT-730, which was essentially DOA.

None of this inspires the confidence required to invest in their $2,000.00 mobo, or this monitor. Besides, I'n one of those Neanderthals who still believes 60 Hz refresh is plenty.
 
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GLenn63

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My 3-year old DELL U3219Q is a 32" with HDR-400. If we are to be excited with an HDMI 2.1 monitor, it's gotta do better than HDR-400, and be a proper 32".
I have this monitor and I really like it and have no plans to replace it anytime soon, but the HDR-400 is worthless and not worth using in my opinion.
 

Lounds

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4k at that screen size is pointless. I suppose it is beneficial to the consoles but that's the only reason someone would buy this surely?
Save money and get a decent high refresh 1440p monitor that's 27-28".
 

Wasteman

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It is boring now, nothing new, all just the same panels for the last 5 years but with different marketing.

Can we start seeing some actually new stuff next year? Mini-LED, QD-OLED, or even just a dramatic price drop on FALD monitors would be good.

I still cannot believe HDR400 is a thing, such a copout. Proper HDR implimentations look incredible, such a shame it's being ruined with a truck load of crap monitors.

I wholeheartedly agree with you! Asus is currently offering a mini LED gaming monitor but costs an arm and a leg.