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In the constant arms race of the PC gaming peripherals market, Razer believes it has gained an edge over its competition with its latest mouse, the Viper 8K. The device is equipped with the company’s second generation optical switches and 20,000 DPI Focus Plus sensor. But the reputation of the Viper 8K is that it is the first mouse from the company to include its new HyperPolling technology, which allows it to achieve a claimed polling rate of 8000 MHz.
Polling rate, for those who need a reminder, is how often a device transmits data to your computer. For gaming mice, the current industry standard is 1000Hz. This means that most mice send data to your PC 1000 times per second, resulting in an input delay of 1 ms from the device. The Viper 8K reduces that to an eighth of a millisecond.
In theory, this should make the Viper 8K more responsive, with fewer instances of micro-stuttering, according to Razer. However, even seasoned esports pros can have a hard time understanding the differences between a mouse with a 1000Hz polling rate and the Viper 8K given that we’re talking about milliseconds here.
Realistically, the Viper 8K’s lightweight 71g frame is likely to give you more of an edge than its advanced interrogation capabilities. It’s also worth pointing out that the technology is only available on a wired mouse so far. So if you’re one of those people who swears by your wireless mouse, it can make the Viper 8K a non-starter. But if already on the market for a new mouse, at the very least this is one of those features that won’t hurt your performance the same way a mouse set to too high a DPI setting will, and the Viper 8K has a lot going for it besides its title feature.