July 18, 2024
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MSI's flagship MEG 321URX QD-OLED AI (trap) gaming monitor debuts at Computex 2024

M: YES recently unveiled its flagship QD-OLED gaming monitor at Computex 2024: the MSI MEG 321URX QD-OLED. Don't confuse this with MPG 321URX QD-OLED that we previously reviewed. The naming scheme can be confusing, as both are labeled “321URX QD-OLED”; the only difference is that one is MPGand the flagship is MEG. The MSI MEG 321URX QD-OLED has created a storm in the PC community, with many calling it the “cheat” gaming monitor due to its AI features. But is it really a trap? Does this monitor really provide an unfair advantage to other players? Can it potentially increase the number of headshots or help you aim? Let's delve into these questions.

MSI MEG 321URX QD-OLED Gaming Monitor with AI

MSI MEG 321URX QD-OLED AI Gaming Monitor Features and Specifications

Let's first talk about its specifications and features. There is a reason why the MEG 321URX QD-OLED has a similar name to the MPG 321URX QD-OLED. They are both essentially the same monitor, but the flagship MEG 321URX QD-OLED model has a few tricks and features up its sleeve.

The MEG 321URX QD-OLED is a 32-inch 4K gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.03ms GtG response time. It uses Samsung's newest QD-OLED panel. Compared to previous OLED gaming monitors, these new QD-OLED based gaming monitors offer sharper and better text image clarity due to different designs of sub-pixel colors.

It also features an improved thermal solution with the use of graphene film and a custom heatsink design to ensure more efficient and quieter heat dispersion. Like MSI's newer monitors, it also features OLED Care 2.0, which adds more ways of sensing to provide enhanced care services and significantly reduces the chances of OLED screen burn-in. So far my MPG 321URX QD-OLED shows no signs of burn-in as I always enable and use OLED Care 2.0.

KVM and ports

The MEG 321URX QD-OLED will also have a KVM function and will be compatible with MSI's Gaming Intelligence app. I hope you can update its firmware since it is under MSI's MEG brand. As for connectivity, it has two HDMI 2.1 ports, only one DisplayPort 1.4a with DSC support, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one USB 2.0 Type-B (upstream), a headphone output and a USB Type-C port, which also acts as a DisplayPort output alternative and has PD 98W.

Aesthetically speaking, the MEG 321URX QD-OLED is slightly different from the MPG variant. While most will be similar, the MEG variant will have gold accents and the back may look (slightly) different. The most obvious difference, however, is the inclusion of the SpectrumBar under the chin of the monitor.

Features of MSI MEG 321URX QD-OLED AI IndicatorFeatures of MSI MEG 321URX QD-OLED AI Indicator
Image credit: TechPowerUp

The AI ​​side of this monitor

The MEG 321URX QD-OLED's SpectrumBar is not just for aesthetic purposes. It has something to do with its AI functions. One thing that separates the MEG 321URX from the MPG 321URX is its AI Sky Sight feature. This feature uses artificial intelligence technology to automatically detect the enemy's position and display it on the screen. Well, that's why some people call it the cheater gaming monitor.

According to MSI, this monitor also features Upgrade AI, where users can get access to a fully trainable AI model that they can train to meet their specific gaming needs. Users can then upload these custom AI models to the monitor with a simple firmware update.

At this point, it's unclear how practical and useful these features are. I hope we can test and review this monitor and see for ourselves. Compared to hardware with built-in aim assist or programs and scripts that really take cheating to the next level, the MEG 321URX QD-OLED is unable to do that (yet). And I don't think MSI would implement such a feature. Otherwise, the anti-cheat software will soon crash your monitor.

SpectrumBar with Mystic Light and Glow Sync provides soft ambient lighting and can be synced with any other Mystic Light compatible gaming product. At Computex 2024, MSI demonstrated that SpectrumBar can act as a health indicator, sharpness, spiritual cut, or even ammo indicator in games like Monster Hunter World.

So far, Monster Hunter World is the only game that supports this feature. Whether this feature is implemented in other games will depend on the developers and MSI.

MSI 321URX QD-OLED 2024 Demo ComputerMSI 321URX QD-OLED 2024 Demo Computer
Image credit: Unboxed Monitor

Prices and availability

MSI is yet to reveal the suggested retail price for the MEG 321URX QD-OLED AI gaming monitor. However, there are reports that MSI could price it around $1,699, which is significantly more expensive than the MPG 321URX QD-OLED. I hope not, as I don't think people will pay that much just to get or experience those AI features. On the other hand, major retailers generally don't stock the MPG 321URX QD-OLED or even the 321UPX QD-OLED, making them difficult to get hold of.

Sources: Monitors without box, TechPowerUp, TFTCentral

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