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Detailed Comparison: ASUS TUF Gaming vs MSI Optix

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM is a very good option for those demanding gamers who demand speed and response time that prioritize that over all things. Its 280 HZ in OC mode, its good panel, color fidelity, and G-Sync compatibility, will delight them all. The MSI Optix MAG272CQR hits the competitive 2K monitor market with 3 aces up its sleeve: 1500R curved display, 165Hz refresh, and Freesync Premium Pro.

Pros and Cons

ASUS TUF GamingMSI Optix MAG272CQR
240Hz or 280Hz with OverclockDeep blacks and bright colors
Panel quality and colorsFairly correct factory calibration
Built-in 2W speakersGood viewing angles for a VA
External power supplySomewhat low peak brightness
It has no USB hubThe HDR400 is insufficient

Key Specification

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QMMSI Optix MAG272CQR
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BrandAsusMSI
ModelTUF Gaming VG279QMOptix MAG272CQR
Gaming MonitorYesYes
WebcamNoNo
Weight with Stand5.6 kg5.9 kg
ColourBlackBlack
Dimension619.4 x 506.7 x 211.4 mm611.5 x 560.0 x 267.0 mm
Power Consumption26 W61 W

ASUS TUF Gaming

ASUS presented us at the end of the year, what was going to be the fastest monitor on the market for this year with its 280Hz, at least until the next 360Hz monitors make an appearance. The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM is the monitor we now have in our hands and whose main features are geared towards gaming: response speed, ELMB-Sync anti-ghosting refresh technology, and G-Sync compatibility.

MSI Optix

MSI continues to take steps in the right direction in the world of monitors, where in just over 2 years it has become a brand to be taken into account. Today we have in our hands the MSI Optix MAG272CQR, a 27 ″ monitor with 2K resolution and 165Hz refresh rate that aims to eat the market with a very competitive price

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Picture/Display

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QMMSI Optix MAG272CQR
Display TypeIPS-Type LCDVA LCD
Size27 Inch27 Inch
TouchscreenNoNo
CurvedNoYes 1500R
FinishMatteMatte
Aspect ratio16:916:9
Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixel2560 x 1440 Pixel
Pixel Density81 ppi108 ppi
Response Time1 ms (GtG)1 ms
Refresh Rate280 Hz165 Hz

ASUS TUF Gaming

The screen of the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM along with the technologies that it incorporates is really the heart and most important of this monitor. The panel it mounts is manufactured by AU Optronics with matrix and model M270HAN03.0, being a panel with AHVA IPS technology, with 8 bits of color depth capable of delivering a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p in 16: 9 panoramic format with a representation of 24-bit colors.

Regarding gaming performance, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM is capable of delivering a refresh rate of 240 Hz, or 280 Hz in overclocking mode with a response time of 1 microsecond GTG.

As it could not be missing in a self-respecting gaming monitor, we find technologies that support this high refresh rate such as ASUS Low Motion Blur Sync (or ELMB Sync) technology that works in conjunction with G-Sync Compatible to eliminate any trace of ghosting, flickering, or tearing during our gaming sessions.

MSI Optix

The 1500R panel means that it is very curved, so much so that the first sensation is of being in front of a 16:10 monitor as if it were smaller than my flat Dell U2715H. After that first sensation, we began to use it and the sensations are good thanks to its 8-bit VA panel + FRC (signed by Samsung) and 2560 × 1440 resolution, which has really good viewing angles for a VA.

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Connectivity

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QMMSI Optix MAG272CQR
HDMI2.0 x 22.0 x 2
DisplayPort1.2 x 11.2 x 1
Audio Out-put3.5 mm3.5 mm
HDCPYesNo
USBNo2.0 x 3
RJ45NoNo
Memory Card SlotsNoNo
Built-in SpeakersYes 2 x 2WNo
G-SYNC SupportYes (Compatible)Yes (Compatible)
FreeSync SupportYes (Compatible)Yes (Compatible)

ASUS TUF Gaming

Located in a more than usual and accessible position at the rear, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM has a 3.5mm Jack headphone connector, a Displayport 1.2 port, and two HDMI 2.0 ports, whose cables can be routed inside the arm as we have already mentioned for an orderly setup and not visible.

MSI Optix

The MAG series is in the mid-range within MSI’s monitor catalogue, with the G series as the entry range and the MPG range as the high-end, something that always translates into the number of connections available. In this case, we have 2 HDMI (2.0), 1 DisplayPort (1.2), and 1 USB type C cable as video inputs, in addition to 2 USB 3.2Gen1, an Upstream USB 3.2 input that will connect to the PC (necessary for GamingOSD to work ) and an audio jack output.

Power

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QMMSI Optix MAG272CQR
Power On100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power SupplyExternalInternal
DC Input Power

ASUS TUF Gaming

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM is a great alternative for all those lovers of e-sports and games in general who are looking for a monitor with a good response time and great fluency and its 280Hz, G-Sync compatibility and Its ASUS Low Motion Blur technology will prevent us from appearing or ghosting at any time.

MSI Optix

This MSI Optix MAG272CQR has surprised me for good. You can see that MSI has done its best to maintain a reasonable price (that the base does not rotate, lack of connectors on the side, absence of speakers), but without compromising how important the screen is. The performance has been sensational, with good calibration, great contrast, vivid colors. although the HDR400 is as always with an insufficient note.

 
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