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MSI Optix G27C5 Review

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The MSI Optix G27C5 was praised as a decent entry-level gaming display with excellent contrast and outstanding gaming responsiveness, thanks to a low input lag. Still, reviewers were slightly disappointed with its lack of support for HDR content, poor reflection handling, and narrow viewing angles.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The MSI Optix G27C5 is an entry-level, curved gaming display that was released in April 2020. It has a decent 165Hz refresh rate, and although this might not rival some of the highest-rated monitors in the market, it is good enough for fluid gaming. The 27-inch monitor has a 1080p screen resolution, and like most top-rated gaming monitors, it also offers native FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate support. It can display deep blacks thanks to a 3676:1 contrast ratio, and with a 97.2% coverage of the sRGB color scale, it has a pretty wide color gamut. Lastly, fast motion sequences remain clear thanks to a decent 13ms response time.

Best For

  • 1080p

  • 144Hz

  • Budget

Consensus

our Verdict

The MSI Optix G27C5 is a reliable, 27-inch, curved gaming monitor that experts have commended as a decent entry-level pick for casual gaming. Reviewers from Monitor Nerds played a few games on it during testing, and to their delight, they enjoyed ultra-smooth gameplay and did not encounter any screen tearing. They attributed this to the monitor’s 165Hz refresh rate. Additionally, they were pleased that there wasn’t any motion blur during fast action scenes and felt that this resulted from its 13ms response time. Testers from Tom’s Hardware were also very pleased with how well blacks appeared when viewed in a dark setting, and they attributed this to the monitor’s 3676:1 contrast ratio. At 3.4ms, its input lag was also relatively low, leading to faster gaming responsiveness.

However, just like the MSI Optix G27C4, the G27C5 lacks HDR content support and has narrow viewing angles. This means it may not deliver an optimal viewing experience for everyone if used in a group setting.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Exceptional contrast
  • Low input lag
  • High 165Hz refresh rate
  • High color accuracy
  • Good response time

Reason to Avoid

  • No support for HDR content
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Poor reflection handling

MSI Optix G27C5 Specs

Display TypeVA
HDMI Inputs2
HDR Formatn/a
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate165 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)287
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)3,676
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)0
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)81.1
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)97.2
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)9.3
Response Time (ms)6.6
Reflections % (Total Reflections)5.4
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)26
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)26
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)28
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)27

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Market Context

The MSI Optix G27C5 is an entry-level, curved gaming display that was released in April 2020. It has a decent 165Hz refresh rate, and although…

The MSI Optix G27C5 is an entry-level, curved gaming display that was released in April 2020. It has a decent 165Hz refresh rate, and although this might not rival some of the highest-rated monitors in the market, it is good enough for fluid gaming. The 27-inch monitor has a 1080p screen resolution, and like most top-rated gaming monitors, it also offers native FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate support. It can display deep blacks thanks to a 3676:1 contrast ratio, and with a 97.2% coverage of the sRGB color scale, it has a pretty wide color gamut. Lastly, fast motion sequences remain clear thanks to a decent 13ms response time.

The MSI Optix G27C5 and the MSI Optix G27C4 are two monitors that both have a 165Hz refresh rate, but at 287 nits, the G27C5…

The MSI Optix G27C5 and the MSI Optix G27C4 are two monitors that both have a 165Hz refresh rate, but at 287 nits, the G27C5 is the brighter pick compared to the G27C4, which peaks at 247 nits. The G27C5 also has slightly better color accuracy thanks to a 97.2% sRGB coverage against the G27C4’s 96.8% coverage, however, the G27C4 has a faster response time of 11ms compared to the G27C5’s 13ms.

The MSI Optix G27C5 is pretty similar to the MSI Optix G27C6 since they both have dual HDMI 1.4 ports and a 165Hz refresh rate,…

The MSI Optix G27C5 is pretty similar to the MSI Optix G27C6 since they both have dual HDMI 1.4 ports and a 165Hz refresh rate, but the G27C5 has a faster response time of 13ms compared to the G27C6’s 18.6ms, resulting in motion that is a lot smoother.

Regarding ergonomics and brightness, the MSI Optix G27C5 is outmatched by the ASUS TUF VG27VQ since the Asus monitor has a higher 346 nit peak…

Regarding ergonomics and brightness, the MSI Optix G27C5 is outmatched by the ASUS TUF VG27VQ since the Asus monitor has a higher 346 nit peak brightness setting compared to the G27C5’s 285 nits. However, the G27C5 has higher color accuracy since it covers 97.2% of the sRGB color space compared to the G27C5’s 91.7%.

Display Type

VA

VA

VA

LED

HDMI Inputs

2

2

2

1

HDR Format

n/a

n/a

n/a

Yes

Max Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Panel Type

VA

VA

VA

VA

Refresh Rate

165 Hz

165 Hz

165 Hz

165 Hz

Response Time

1 ms

1 ms

1 ms

4 ms

Screen size

27"

27"

27"

27"

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    67
    The MSI Optix G27C5 is an okay overall monitor. It performs best as a gaming… Read More

    By:

    Samuel Breton
  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Niels Broekhuijsen
  • Tech Power Up
    61.84

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Raevenlord
  • Notebook Check
    74.45

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Alex Alderson

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