MSI’s Optix 23.6-inch curved gaming monitor is $40 off at Newegg after savings and a rebate, bringing it down to $189.99. This deal stands out because this bezel-reduced monitor has a fast 1-millisecond response time, and its 144Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support will make your gameplay far smoother than what you’ll get from a standard 60Hz monitor.
This monitor caps out at 1080p, so it’s not the best choice if you just bought the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti. However, it’s a smart and relatively affordable upgrade for those hoping to get the most out of their AMD Radeon Vega, RX 580, or GTX 10-series cards, or those who don’t mind sticking with full HD for a while longer.
If you own an Nvidia GPU, going with the company’s own G-Sync monitors are the best, albeit the most expensive, route to achieving the best-possible visuals. Like G-Sync, AMD’s FreeSync adaptive sync technology works only with its own components, but if you want to hop on this deal, Nvidia users can still use V-Sync to achieve smoother visuals at the slight expense of input lag.
Visual fidelity aside, this is one of the few gaming monitors we’ve seen that shows some refrain in the design department. Unlike several competing models, this MSI Optix model features no garish elements. The focus is on the curved display and practical touches, like the headset hanger that slides out from its side.