The MSI Optix G27C5 is a refreshed variant of the MSI Optix G27C4 earlier which is one of the better gaming monitors you can buy at the $250 price point. However, all of the changes are “skin deep” with this model since there is virtually no change with the specifications and aesthetics. This variant still offers a 1500r curved VA screen with a 165Hz refresh rate along with FreeSync and possible G-Sync compatibility for both GPU brands.
The biggest change with the MSI Optix G27C5 is the panel it uses which is specifically listed on its spec sheet as a Samsung VA panel. The G27C4 did not specify where its VA module came from, although it did fairly well in both imaging and responsiveness tests as far as VA types are concerned. However, what we noticed with this change is the drop in sRGB gamut coverage from the G27C4’s 120% to 113%.
But despite that fact, we can’t say that the MSI Optix G27C5 will perform worse in colorimeter tests since Samsung does have a lot of excellent panels. MSI, on the other hand, is applaudable for releasing a new SKU instead of secretly changing a monitor’s hardware specification right under the consumer’s nose.
Information regarding price and final release dates for the MSI Optix G27C5 are still forthcoming. However, we don’t think the gaming brand will raise the price for this newer variant beyond the G27C4’s $250 SRP. You can also check out our review of the MSI G27C4 to see if it’s the right monitor for you and if waiting isn’t in your vocabulary.
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Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.