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%.
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