Having entered the market for gaming displays not so long ago, MSI is certainly not afraid of experimenting with various technologies in a bid to address niches that are not yet crowded with competitors. At CES, the company demonstrated its aggressively curved Optix MAG342CQR monitor that also boasts a 144 Hz variable refresh rate as well as quantum dot backlighting enhancements for accurate colors and a wider color gamut.

The MSI Optix MAG342CQR display uses a 34.5-inch Super PVA panel featuring a 3440x1440 resolution, a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 1 ms response time, and maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. The key characteristic of this panel is its aggressive curvature of a 1000R radius, which MSI promotes as being the most optimal curvature, matching the curvature of the human eye.

The Optix MAG342CQR comes with a LED backlighting enhanced with quantum dots that improve color accuracy and ensures that the monitor can accurately display 1.07 billion colors. At the moment, MSI does not disclose which color gamuts will be supported by the display, but we are almost certainly talking about the sRGB and DCI-P3 spaces.

Traditionally for contemporary gaming displays, the MSI Optix MAG342CQR support VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology, so it is logical to expect the monitor to gain AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync Compatible certifications by the time of its commercial launch later this year.

One of the interesting things to note about MSI’s Optix MAG342CQR is that it is based on a Super PVA panel made by Samsung Display, according to TFT Central. Samsung itself introduced its own lineup of ultra-curved displays featuring a 1000R curvature at CES, but its family does not include a 21:9 34-inch LCD just yet, so MSI currently has the world’s only 34-inch monitor with a 1000R curvature.

MSI plans to ship its Optix MAG342CQR sometimes in Q2 or Q3 this year, but does not have a firm launch date just yet.

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Source: MSI, TFT Central

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  • CiccioB - Friday, January 24, 2020 - link

    Are there large (21:9 or more) flat or rounded monitors that have IPS (not PVA) panel and have high resolution, not necessarily high frequency?
    Something that can be use for serious use, not simply gaming?
  • Valantar - Friday, January 24, 2020 - link

    LG has heaps of ultrawides that IIRC are all IPS (isn't IPS an LG patent or some such?). The 38" ones tend to have higher resolutions than 3440*1440.
  • Valantar - Friday, January 24, 2020 - link

    "PVA panel". Is that a Polyvinyl Alcohol display? Or is it yet another "sounds like VA but isn't" abbreviation like WVA? If so, given that WVA means "wide viewing angle," is this "poor viewing angle"?
  • lilkwarrior - Monday, January 27, 2020 - link

    DOA to me without HLG, HDR10+, & Dolby Vision. With ASTC 3.0 imminent, what's the point of having monitors like this without those features to consume premium content at a premium monitor price? This isn't even considering HDMI 2.1 & Displayport 2.0.

    Monitor market is all out of whack making TVs the way to go or paying $$$ for proper monitors that'll last properly 3-6 years before you upgrade them.
  • jtrox - Friday, February 5, 2021 - link

    How do you screw up a launch so badly that one month before it is available you don't even know the screen curvature? The product has a 1500R curvature.....

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