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MSI MPG272QPX is the First 27″ Size 500Hz Monitor, and it Also Has a Mini LED Backlight

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Very quietly launched and showcased at CES this week, and missed amongst all the exciting OLED news (our full round-up of the best display news from CES is here) was the MSI MPG11QPX. This seems to be the World’s first 27″ sized LCD screen with a 500Hz refresh rate! This makes it larger, and with a higher resolution (1440p) than the other currently available 500Hz+ displays like the Dell Alienware AW2524HF (24.5″ 500Hz IPS) and Asus ROG Swift PG248QP (24″ 540Hz TN Film – reviewed here) for instance, which are 24.5″ and 24″ respectively and have a lower 1920 x 1080 resolution. The MSI MPG272QPX features an IPS-type panel, and even has a high end Mini LED backlight for HDR.

MSI MPG272QPX Specs

As unveiled at CES, the screen is 27″ in size and built around a Rapid IPS panel from AU Optronics. It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 0.5ms G2G response time spec (take this with a pinch of salt!). As you can see from the spec card from the event below, the screen has a 500Hz refresh rate, which we assume will be supported by adaptive-sync for variable refresh rates from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems.

The screen has a fully adjustable stand with (it seems) tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. There are 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (with DSC), 2x HDMI 2.1 and 1x USB type-C (with DP Alt mode and 90W power delivery) connections available as well we 2x USB data ports and a headphone out.

1152-zone Mini LED Backlight

Not only has this screen got a very high refresh rate, but it has a Mini LED backlight with 1152 local dimming zones. This should offer high end HDR performance and dimming capabilities, and MSI say that it can reach peak brightness of 1000 nits.

We are pending further information from MSI about this screen, it’s launch date and expected pricing.

Update 20 March 2024

We are told by MSI that this screen was custom built as a prototype for CES this year, and they are still exploring whether to develop new Mini LED monitors or not. At this time, consider it a non-committed product, but hopefully something with this kind of spec will be produced at some point.


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