After having tested the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, we are tackling the MSI MPG 323CQR Artymis screen released at the end of last year. Being accustomed to good equipment at this level on the brand side, we are here in front of a fairly imposing monitor but which has some in the belly. After several weeks of use, here is our verdict.
packaging and design
As usual, nothing to report on that side despite the cardboard weighs its weight. Fortunately, assembly is simple, quick, and designed to safely lift your screen. You will still need a screwdriver to fix everything. MSI even provides a cover to hide the screws even if you will rarely see the back of the screen. Same thing with the RGB lights on the back.
Of course, there are the usual connections: display cable, HDMI cable, a USB-C cable and the cable for the power supply. What is immediately noticeable is its imposing size with its 32 inches and its curved shape (9kg all the same). If you plan to buy it, keep this in mind because it will be difficult to place on a desk (especially if you are a fan of dual screens) with its very wide foot.
Despite everything, the good side is that the unit remains very solid. Unless you have enough space, it will therefore be used above all as the main monitor to which you connect both a PC and a game console. In addition, it can be adjusted very easily to find the perfect angle whether it is height, tilt or pivot.
We also appreciate the small accessories that more and more gaming screens are adopting. We thus have two “Bungee” for mouse wires (thus preventing unwanted movement) and a headphone holder on the right side. Front, the design makes us take full advantage of its curved shape with its 3 borderless sides, and its curvature of 1000R.
According to the brand, these are the perfect dimensions to reduce eye strain while enjoying a better immersion experience. We observe in fact a better overall vision, especially with competitive games where one must have the gaze everywhere such as Fortnite Where Warzone (for fatigue it is difficult to verify).
Finally, MSI also keeps a recurring touch that we appreciate with its buttons located at the back and in particular the small red joystick that allows us to navigate through the menus very simply.
As we said above, The MSI MPG 323CQR Artymis was designed for hybrid gamers who regularly switch from PC to console. We also have a complete set of ports with: a DisplayPort 1.2a, two HDMI 2.0b ports and a USB-C port. The screen offers a resolution in QHD (2560×1440), it thus benefits from the best of both worlds, especially since the product benefits from a console mode optimized for the PS5 in order to play in 2K with 120Hz.
For PC gaming, 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time provide a very good experience as was already the case with the Optix. Since he has it both ways, its VA panel is perfectly suited here, especially since it benefits from an HDR 400 which offers good rendering in terms of brightness and contrast. The color range is also very satisfactory. We have also not seen any ghosting effects so far.
The screen also benefits from a whole host of features that provide more comfort, some more relevant than others. The set is in any case well calibrated since the default settings are largely adequate for all situations. For example, it incorporates anti-blue light technology that reduces fatigue or even a Night Vision mode that provides better visibility during very dark gameplay sequences (something observed on Dying Light 2 for example).
However, you can make your own adjustments via MSI’s Gaming OSD and configure different profiles as needed. It offers a lot of modifications including brightness, contrast, but also presets depending on the type of game. Note that it is also FreeSync Premium compatible, therefore the absence of G-Sync may harm some. In terms of price, we stay on something correct although we may be able to find cheaper among the competition. If the fairly targeted proposal suits you, there is no hesitation.
Summary of Features
- 31.5 inch QHD screen
- Curved screen at 1000R
- VA slab
- FreeSync Premium compatible
- DisplayHDR 400
- Response time 1ms
- 165Hz refresh rate
- 178° viewing angle
- Weight of 9 kg
- Price around 600 €