While MSI may be best known for motherboards and laptops, the company is making a big play at the monitor market as well. And this is in a quite literal way with their latest monitor, the Optix MAG491C. At 49 inches, the Optix MAG491C is closer in size to a TV than a monitor, providing significant screen real estate for playing high-end games or multitasking. Due out later this year for an estimated price of $999, this curved beauty can even fool your computer into thinking that it's two separate displays.

We had a chance to spend a few minutes playing Project Cars on the Optix MAG491C and were impressed both with the smoothness and just how easy it was to see the full screen without turning our heads. The surface is curved in just the right way so that you benefit from the width while keeping the entire image within your field of view.

The game was extremely smooth, with no ghosting or tearing evident. Perhaps that's because the MAG491C has a 144Hz refresh rate with a 3ms response time. The bright panel promises to reproduce 100% of the sRGB color gamut while outputting a luminous 400 nits of brightness.

You might think that a monitor of this size would have a 4K (or even 8K) resolution but the MAG491C has fewer vertical pixels than those standards require. It has the same 3,840 horizontal pixels as UHD, but only 1,080 vertical dots. That makes the display equivalent to putting two full HD (1920 x 1080) monitors right next to each other.

In fact, the coolest feature of the MAG491C is its ability to enter picture-by-picture mode, where it takes two separate inputs and gives each one half of the screen. So, if you really like the convenience of having dual monitors but don't like seeing an ugly bezel between them, MSI's screen could be your dream come true.

You just run two wires from your PC (or one each from different computers) into the MAG491C and Windows thinks you are connected to two separate physical monitors. If it were a full 4K (3840 x 2160), each half would be 1920 x 2160, an odd resolution that many computers probably don't support. The MAG491C also supports picture-in-picture mode, which displays a small window with the secondary input rather than giving each input half of the panel. 

Oculux NXG251 Has Crazy-High Refresh Rate

If you want the most responsive monitor you can get, you may be more excited about MSI's 25-inch TN panel based Oculux NXG251. This monitor refreshes at an astounding 240Hz with an amazing 0.5ms response time. To put that in perspective, most high-speed gaming panels are running at 144Hz with a 3-5ms response time. The panel is MSI's first display with a G-Sync module inside it as well. 

With G-Sync and the high refresh rate, you can run some games at over 200 fps, without any ghosting at all. Due out later this year, the NXG251 also provides 300 nits of brightness. In our brief time staring at the screen, colors appeared even brighter and more saturated than on the MAG491C. 

Pricing was estimated to be around $999 for the MAG491C due out later this year while the Oculux NXG251 will be available in Q4 this year with a price tag of $599 - a bit of sticker shock for a FHD monitor. We will update with more information as it is received. 

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Avram Piltch contributed to this article.

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  • wolrah - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    "Perhaps that's because the MAG491C has a 144Hz refresh rate with a three-second response time and AMD FreeSync technology."

    That's quite the long response time...

    "The NXG251 also supports Nvidia's FreeSync anti-tearing technology."

    nVidia FreeSync?

    Looks like the article might need a bit more proofreading...
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  • pashhtk27 - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Recycling Tom's Hardware content? Reply
  • QinX - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    AT:
    We've always said that you can never, be too rich, too thin, or have too much screen real estate, but MSI's new monitor puts that last claim to the test. At 49 inches, the Optix MAG491C provides a nearly-gluttonous amount of space for playing high-end games or multitasking. Due out later this year for an estimated price of $999, this curved beauty can even fool your computer into thinking that it's two separate displays.

    THW:
    We've always said that you can never, be too rich, too thin, or have too much screen real estate, but MSI's new monitor puts that last claim to the test. At 49 inches, the Optix MAG491C provides nearly-gluttonous amount of space for playing high-end games or multitasking. Due out later this year for an estimated price of $999, this curved beauty can even fool your computer into thinking that it's two separate displays.

    How far Anandtech has fallen!
    Reply
  • QinX - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Avram Piltch contributed to this article.

    Contributed or written completely?
    Reply
  • niva - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    I'm curious who we can blame for the "a three-second response time " gem though, and not catching it. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    I've already answered the bit about content from other Purch sites. But to answer the bit about credits:

    In the case of content shared to AnandTech, articles are typically heavily revised by Joe or myself, as we play towards a more niche audience and have stricter technical standards to match. Which is why the original author is credited with a Contributed tag. Though in this case, clearly the article needed (and has received) some more edits.
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Are articles sourced here showing up on Toms too?

    As huge as these trade shows have gotten, visiting all the vendors at one is nearly impossible and sharing reports on lower priority items is a reasonable way to get more news out.
    Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    "Are articles sourced here showing up on Toms too?"

    Correct. All of the Purch sites share content during Computex due to the sheer volume of the show, and the fact that we have various editors who specialize in different fields. So you'll see some other articles here, and AnandTech content showing up in other places.

    Obviously I'd prefer if we could just write up everything ourselves, but there are only so many AT editors and only so many hours in a day...
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, June 07, 2018 - link

    Tom's Hardware used to be a pretty good site for its time, but that was when the good Doctor Tom was running it and the computer industry had more than two video card companies and more than two CPU companies. I started reading Anandtech when THG's quality suffered from a notable decline. The copy->paste may not be a big deal given the Computex circumstances since Computex this year is mostly about shoveling out the latest RGB junkware onto what the industry apparently thinks is a sea of manchild bling-seeking buyers anyway. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    So it's a $999 dual 1080p monitor without the bezel in the middle.

    A fancy shape, but 1080p.

    1080p!
    Reply

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