The MSI Oculux NXG253R was created specifically for eSports. With a monstrous 360Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync, this gorgeous monitor should be able to depict the fastest games with smooth, clear animation and no screen tearing.

That kind of motion perfection can help players gain an advantage in furious competitive titles, but this gear isn’t cheap – it costs £599 in the UK and $599 in the US.

The MSI isn’t the only 360Hz eSports panel available. The Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR was the first fast screen on the market, and it is MSI’s main rival.


Design and Build

From the front, the Oculux NXG253R lacks the Asus’s outrageous design, but this isn’t always a bad thing. It has a stylish and understated appearance, and its spacious, basic base is durable, with plenty of space for peripheral storage.

The rest of the display has a rock-solid build quality that is reassuring for frequent movement, with gaming design accents just towards the back. A huge Nvidia G-Sync 360 logo and a modest strip of RGB LED illumination are present.

The substantial 130mm of height adjustment is complemented by smooth, effortless movement in all other directions, and the MSI also supports 100mm VESA mounting. It’s a little more generous than the Asus, though that panel did respond by offering a desk-mounting kit.

The Oculux includes three USB ports on the left side of the panel, one more than the Asus and in a more accessible location. There are no speakers or a USB-C port on the NXG253R.

Specifications and Features

The 360Hz refresh rate is the highest available on any gaming monitor today, allowing the fastest eSports titles to run with near-perfect speed and clarity.

MSI Oculux NXG253R: Specs

  • Panel size: 24.5in (62cm)
  • Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
  • Display Technology: IPS
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time (GtG): 1ms
  • Maximum Refresh: 360Hz (with adaptive sync)
  • HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 400
  • Video Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • USB Ports: 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A connectors
  • Other Ports: 1 x 3.5mm Mini-Jack for Headphones
  • Typical Brightness: 400 nits
  • Static Contrast: 1000:1
  • Variable Sync: Nvidia G-Sync compatible
  • Weight: 6.47kg

There’s Nvidia G-Sync, which synchronises the display’s output with the frames produced by your gaming laptop or PC’s graphics card. This removes tears and stuttering, resulting in no interruptions during gameplay. You also get the Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer, which can detect and correct signal delays between the display and your PC and peripherals.

Nvidia G-Sync is normally compatible with both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, but the MSI now only works smoothly with Nvidia cards. This isn’t a deal-breaker because Nvidia is the undisputed leader in PC graphics, but the Asus did work with Radeon GPUs.

The rest of the show, unsurprisingly, is geared around competition. Like the Asus, it has an IPS panel with an extremely fast 1ms response time and 10-bit colour. The MSI, like its competitor, has a 24.5in diagonal with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Those stats make sense for competition: the small physical size means gamers don’t have to move to see the entire panel, and the resolution is good enough to allow for 360Hz gaming without requiring an absurd GPU.

Still, make sure you have something like an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080, as well as a good processor and fast RAM.

The MSI, like the Asus, employs Nvidia’s Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology, but it’s not worth bothering with on 360Hz displays: motion is sharp enough at that speed, and ULMB doesn’t operate above 240Hz – or with G-Sync.

MSI’s panel offers two HDMI connectors and one DisplayPort connection, however, the latter is the better option because it is the only one that allows 360Hz operation. The HDMI connectors are only capable of 240Hz.

The MSI and Asus are very comparable – and, on paper, they’re both excellent for eSports. However, if you’re looking for a display for single-player gaming, we prefer the Samsung Odyssey G7, which has a curved screen with a greater resolution and larger physical dimensions, as well as a 240Hz refresh rate.

Performance

The combination of a 360Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync results in an outstanding performance in fast-paced games: the MSI is butter-smooth and crisp in all situations. However, as is always the case, the 360Hz refresh rate will only assist demanding players, while 240Hz panels would satisfy casual gamers.

The refresh rate is 360Hz, with a response time of 1ms. This is achieved, thankfully, in the display’s Fast response time mode, which delivers smooth, fast, and crisp performance with only a smidgeon of overshoot noticeable if you look closely.

The other response time modes aren’t as good. Normal mode has more noticeable blurring, whereas Fastest mode has more ghosting but no substantial speed improvement. The Fast setting provides the finest balance — its minor inverse ghosting will not interfere with gameplay.

The MSI performs marginally better than the Asus in this category; that panel only attained its 1ms reaction time in Extreme mode due to excessive overshoot, and it operated at roughly 2ms in its more accommodating modes. Both screens are clearly adequate for top-tier eSports, although if you want to split hairs, the MSI has a slight advantage.

Underneath the buttery smooth operation comes to a mediocre IPS display. Out of the box, the MSI Oculux NXG253R has a fantastic Delta E of 0.69 and a colour temperature of 6,426K, indicating that the colours are accurate.

It supports 92.3 per cent of the sRGB gamut, which means it can produce nearly every shade required by games. The viewing angles and homogeneity are good, and the MSI kept these values even when I boosted the brightness to its maximum level of 472 nits.

The brightness level of 213 nits is adequate, but the black point of 0.24 nits is excessive, resulting in an 888:1 contrast ratio. That’s low, and it does imply that the MSI lacks depth — it’s light and breezy, but it lacks intensity.

This is also not the monitor to buy if you want HDR. It just supports VESA DisplayHDR 400 and does not support any custom dimming. Add in the disappointing black point and the subpar DCI-P3 coverage level of 65.9%, and you have a panel that doesn’t provide a major increase in this area.

The Asus was equally as bad in HDR settings as the MSI, but it performed better in terms of image quality: it has a greater contrast ratio and better sRGB gamut coverage. The Samsung Odyssey G7, on the other hand, outperforms both in this category, thanks to its stronger contrast and colour capability, as well as its higher resolution.

Pricing and Availability

The MSI isn’t cheap: in the UK, it’ll set you back £599 at Very, despite the RRP of £699, and in the US, it’ll set you back US$599 at Newegg. It’s also available at Ebuyer, AO, and Amazon.

Still, when compared to the Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR, which costs £689 in the UK and $749 in the US, this pricing is not awful.

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is more suited to single-player and popular eSports. It comes in two sizes, and the pricing is reasonable: the 27in model costs £549 and US$699, while the 32in model costs £569 and US$749.

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Pros

  • Sensational gaming speed
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Impressive features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Too fast for mainstream players
  • Rivals have better image quality

Conclusion

The MSI Oculux NXG253R display is ideal for competitive gamers. The 360Hz refresh rate, Nvidia G-Sync smoothness, and 1ms response time give world-class gameplay: it’s crisp, tear-free, and fast, and in real-world use, it’s a tad faster than the Asus due to its marginally faster response time.

Aside from that, the MSI features excellent build quality and a plethora of customization options, making it ideal for practical players.

It isn’t ideal. Although the MSI has more accurate colours, the Asus has higher overall visual quality because of its stronger contrast and gamut handling. The Samsung is also superior for all-around popular gaming.

As is customary, 360Hz displays are best suited to the most demanding competitive players. If that’s the case, the MSI edged out its main opponent in terms of speed, and it’s our eSports display of choice.