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MSI Optix MAG301CR: 21:9 200Hz curved gaming monitor

MSI has introduced a new 30-inch MSI Optix MAG301CR curved gaming monitor that features a 200Hz refresh rate display with a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Not only gamers, professionals such as content creators will also appreciate this latest monitor. The new MSI Optix MAG301CR utilizes a VA panel that supports WFHD (2560×1080) resolution, low response time, high contrast, and covers a large portion of DCI-P3 and sRGB color gamut.

MSI Optix MAG301CR equips a VA panel that comes with HDR support but delivers 300 nits of brightness. The monitor also comes with MSI’s proprietary Night Vision feature. Night Vision smartly amplifies the dark areas of the screen without overexposing the bright areas. This feature greatly helps gamers as they can identify subjects in the dark areas of the scene.

For better color accuracy, the latest MSI Optix MAG301CR covers up to 98% of DCI-P3 and 127% of sRGB color gamut. There aren’t plenty of curved gaming monitors in the market that offers this much color space.

MSI claims that its new Optix MAG301CR covers up to 1.07B colors which in theory makes it a 10-bit monitor. But it’s more likely that MAG301CR achieves 1.07B colors via (8-bit + FRC) instead of true 10-bit depth.

With the help of FreeSync technology, this monitor can match the frame rate of the GPU to eliminate visual artifacts like screen tearing, stuttering, etc. Complementing that, the low 1ms response time and high (200Hz) refresh rate allows MAG301CR to achieve a sharp and outstanding smooth motion.

MSI Optix MAG301CR boasts an immersive viewing experience with the combination of 1500R curvature and 21:9 aspect ratio. Monitors with 21:9 aspect ratio offer wider screen real estate than those supporting 16:9 ratios.

MSI Optix MAG301CR Specifications

MSI Optix MAG301CR curved gaming monitor
ModelOptix MAG301CR
Screen size30″ (76cm)
Panel TypeVA
Brightness300 nits
Aspect Ratio21:9
Panel Resolution2560 x 1080 (WFHD)
Refresh Rate200 Hz
Response Time1 ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
Color Gamut / SpaceDCI-P3: 98%
sRGB: 127%
Viewing Angle178° (H) / 178° (V)
Contrast Ratio3000:1
Bit Depth10 bit (8bit+FRC)
Mystic LightYes
Tilt adjustment-5° ~ 20°
Swivel adjustment-30° ~ 30°
Pivot adjustment-90° ~ 90°
Height adjustment0 ~ 130 mm
Connectivity (I/O)1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type B
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A
1x Display Port (1.2a)
2x HDMI (2.0b)
1x Earphone out
1x Type C (DP alt.)
Kensington LockYes
VESA Mounting75 x 75 mm
Control5-way OSD navigation joystick
Power TypeExternal Adaptor 19V 3.42A
Power Consumption60W
Signal Frequency66 to 245KHz(H)
30 to 200Hz(V)
Dimensions27.68″ x 11.3″ x 20.16
Weight5.8 Kg / 18.1 lbs

Gaming OSD App

Optix MAG301CR also comes with MSI’s proprietary Gaming OSD App that allows you to control monitor parameters directly via software. Furthermore, the app also provides the option to use in-game hotkeys to adjust display settings.

As of now, there is no word on the pricing and availability for the new MSI Optix MAG 301CR curved gaming monitor.

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of AUDEMPIRE (Pro Audio Equipment Store), SOUNDELICIT (Music Industry & Pro Audio Blog), TECHNOISER (Tech blog), and ISOLAPSE (Motion Industry & Photography Gear Blog). Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.