The MSI Optix G32CQ4 is a curved 1440p gaming monitor with 32-inch screen and 165Hz refresh rate for high refresh rate gaming. It is a 1500R curved monitor with AMD FreeSync Premium certification. We recommend this gaming monitor for PC and console gaming as well because of its large screen. It is an older version of the MSI Optix AG321CQR, but is still a great value for money gaming monitor for many.
It has excellent reflection handling and the 1500R curved screen provides a center-focused viewing experience, making it a comfortable gaming monitor for eyes, also allowing you sit for gaming sessions for prolonged hours.
- 32″ VA Panel
- 165Hz Refresh Rate
- 1ms Response Time
- 1440p Resolution
- 1500R Curved Design
- AMD FreeSync Premium
- VESA Mount
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The MSI Optix C32CQ4 houses a curved VA panel so it is not the best monitor for office use because of its mediocre viewing angles but the screen clarity is good.
This gaming monitor has 165Hz refresh rate and is FreeSync Premium certified for high refresh rate blur-free gaming.
Its large screen makes it a perfect monitor for entertainment, but you should get a 4K or an ultrawide monitor for media creation at this price point.
Design & Ergonomics
Monitor Type – 1500R Curve
Width – 70.94cm
Height – 50.95 cm
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 has a very sleek design from the front and it comes finished in black color. The bezels are super thin from the front with MSI logo on the bottom bezel of the monitor.
The monitor has spreaded legs and it looks like a proper gaming monitor from the front. It has a good amount of width and height, so you will need a good amount of space on the desk.
Depth – 24.89 cm
VESA Mount – 100x100mm
Ports Position – Back-Facing
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 has a stylish design from the back with a lot of sharp elements. However, it comes finished in only black color at the back also.
There is a joystick on the right-back of the monitor that acts as a power button as well as controller for OSD menu controls. It also has VESA mounting holes at the back and they have 100x100mm interface.
Thinness – N/A
The bezels on the MSI Optix G32CQ4 are crazy thin making it a perfect gaming monitor for dual setups.
Weight – 14.11 lbs
The build quality of MSI Optix G32CQ4 is excellent. It does feel sleek, but the parts are of very good quality and it weighs 14.11 lbs which makes it heavier than most gaming monitors.
Removable Stand – Yes
Cable Management – Yes
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 gaming monitor has a removable stand so make sure to remove it while mounting. It has tri-shaped leg stand that does not take much space on the desk despite holding a large monitor.
This gaming monitor also has a cable management hole on the stand for routing the cables down the desk.
Tilt – 20° Backward, 5° Forward
Swivel – N/A
Height – N/A
Pivot – N/A
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 has bad ergonomics because it only offers tilt function, so the stand is poor ergonomically.
However, the tilt range is a little bit wider than most gaming monitors, but there are no other adjustment option. Still, you can mount this monitor on an custom monitor arm with the VESA mount holes at the back.
Display & Performance
Panel Type – VA
Panel Size – 31.5-inch
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Panel Depth – 8 bits
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 features a VA panel with 31.5-inch screen size and that provides excellent dark-room performance with inferior viewing angles to IPS monitors.
This gaming monitor has 1500R curved design and it comes with 16:9 aspect ratio with panel depth of 8 bits so it can display 16.7 million colors which makes it a color-rich panel.
Resolution – QHD | 2560x1440p
PPI – 93 PPI
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 monitor has QHD screen resolution i.e. 2560×1440 pixels resolution and that results in average 93 PPI on the 32-inch screen size.
The screen clarity is acceptable because of the tight arrangement of pixels, and it is equivalent to clarity on a 24-inch 1080p monitor. The screen real estate is satisfactory, but not as good as 4K monitors and we do not recommend this monitor for media creation.
Peak Brightness – 250-nits
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 has mediocre 250-nits peak brightness which feels unsatisfactory for a 32-inch monitor.
There is an anti-glare coating on the panel which should eliminate most glares and reflections, still it is not the best choice for lit environments because there are brighter monitors available.
Contrast Ratio – 3000:1
According to Display Specs, this monitor’s contrast ratio is 3000:1, which is standard for VA monitors, and the blacks appear deep with utmost clarity in the dark.
Gaming on this monitor in the dark feels excellent because it produces excellent details in the dark.
Viewing Angles (H/V) – 178°/178°
MSI claims 178-degrees wide viewing angles which is great, but we think that is not happening here because the viewing angles here are mediocre.
sRGB – 114%
DCI-P3 – 91%
The color coverage is good with the 114% sRGB on this monitor, which is perfect for viewing SDR content. It produces vibrant colors bringing the gaming experience true-to-life.
Response Time – 1ms MPRT
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 has 1ms minimum response time and it excellent for a gaming monitor. It handles motions very well and with the FreeSync Premium certification, the gaming experience stays blur and stutter-free.
Refresh Rate – 165Hz
This gaming monitor can reach 165Hz refresh rate at its max. It provides consistent high refresh rate gaming experience and the visuals appear super smooth. Hence, this gaming monitor performs very well in terms of high refresh rate gaming. You can looks at other budget gaming monitors here.
Black Frame Insertion – N/A
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 does not use any motion reduction technique like black frame insertion or backlight strobing.
HDR – N/A
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 is not HDR certified.
This gaming monitor supports variable refresh rate. It supports FreeSync Premium for consistent and tear-free high refresh rate gaming.
It has flicker-free technology to prevent flicker at all brightness levels.
Low Blue Light
Blue Light Shift reduces harmful blue light from the display so that your eyes do not strain
This gaming monitor has 5-way joystick that acts as a power button and a joystick for controlling OSD menu.
2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
The MSI Optix G32CQ4 has dual HDMI 2.0 ports which support max 144Hz refresh rate, while the DisplayPort 1.2 supports max 165Hz refresh rate.
USB, Other Ports
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
It offers dedicated audio out port for connecting speakers or headphones, but there are not USB ports.
That’s a Wrap!
We think the MSI Optix G32CQ4 is a decent budget curved gaming monitor, but we feel the peak brightness is too low on this gaming monitor. Hence, it is not for well-lit rooms. Otherwise, it is a great choice for high refresh rate PC and console gaming. Also, the curve is effective instead of 1800R, it is 1500R, so that results in less eye movement, making it a comfortable gaming monitor.
MSI Optix G32CQ4: ConclusionMSI Optix G32CQ4: Conclusion
Display4/5 GoodThe display is great for gaming, but is dull for well-lit rooms.
Design3/5 MediocreIt looks like a proper gaming monitor, but the ergonomics are poor.
Features3.8/5 GoodIt has ample features, but there are no USB ports.
- Good motion handling
- Excellent dark-room performance
- Feels comfortable to game on
- Poor ergonomics
- Low peak brightness