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MSI outs new 30-inch Optix ultrawide monitor for butter-smooth 200Hz gaming

MSI Optix MAG301CR
MSI Optix MAG301CR (Image credit: MSI)

What you need to know

  • MSI launches the Optix MAG301CR, a new ultrawide curved gaming monitor.
  • Supports FreeSync for butter-smooth gaming on AMD GPUs.
  • Refresh rate of 200Hz and response time of just 1ms.
  • Priced at $350 (opens in new tab).

MSI announced the new Optix MAG301CR ultrawide gaming monitor. It's curved, has a response time of 1ms and refresh rate of 200Hz for smooth gameplay, supports AMD FreeSync, and comes with fairly good color gamut scores. With a resolution of 2560 x 1080 (also known as WFHD), you'll be able to max out all the settings on at least a mid-tier GPU.

What makes this display particularly noteworthy is the 21:9 aspect ratio, allowing for more game to be displayed on-screen. A DCI-P3 rating of 98% and sRGB score of 127% are really good for a monitor priced this aggressively. There's also a neat trick with the height, tilt, swivel and pivot being adjustable.

For ports, we're looking at USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and B, DisplayPort 1.2a, two HDMI 2.0b, and Type-C. MSI's new Optix MAG301CR can be purchased from Amazon and Newegg.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

1 Comment
  • This is new?? It's out stock at both. You guys should do a showdown of the best ultrawide UWQHD screens 34"-35" Panel type, Hz, brightness, response times, color depth for HDR support, etc... Seems like if you want it all, your spending thousands. Sacrifice a feature or 2 and it's ~$750