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Razer Viper 8KHz promises eight times faster polling rate

There has been a lot of focus on fast rates in the tech industry of late, from the usual clock speeds of CPUs and GPUs to a seeming obsession over screen refresh rates. In contrast, Razer says that gaming mice makers are still stuck at improving accuracy and responsiveness, particularly with DPI numbers. That isn’t the only important figure, though, the gaming company says, and it is trying to prove its point with the new Razer Viper 8KHz with HyperPolling technology.

In addition to mouse sensitivity measure in dots per inch or DPI, there is also such a thing as polling rate or how many times a device, such as a mouse, reports its data to the computer’s OS. Even for gaming mice, the standard has been 1000 Hz (1KHz) or polling 1,000 times per second. Razer’s new HyperPolling, however, multiplies that by eight.

HyperPolling is the marketing term Razer is giving the Viper 8KHz’s capability to poll at 8,000 times per second or 8KHz, hence the name. Naturally, it isn’t sharing how it accomplishes that magic other than using a high-speed USB controller to achieve such speeds. In theory, that reduces input delay from 1ms to 1/8th of a millisecond, claims the company.

In practice, this should help reduce the micro stutters or sudden jumps in cursor position that some gamers experience because their screens and their mice don’t easily sync their rates. In fact, Razer says that HyperPolling technology is a better match for monitors with high refresh rates than even the 1KHz standard gaming mice.

In addition to HyperPolling, the Razer Viper 8KHz also has the staples of the company’s gaming mice, like Optical Mouse switches and Focus+ Optical Sensor. With Razer Synapse 3, users can also customize the eight programmable buttons to whatever they wish. The Razer Viper 8KHz is now available from Razer.com and authorized resellers for $79.99.

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Razer claims the Viper 8K is its most responsive mouse ever

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In the constant arms race that is the PC gaming peripheral market, Razer believes it’s obtained an edge against its competitors with its latest mouse, the Viper 8K. The peripheral features the company’s second-generation optical switches and 20,000 DPI Focus Plus sensor. But the Viper 8K’s claim to fame is that it’s the company’s first mouse to include its new HyperPolling technology, allowing it to achieve a claimed polling rate of 8,000MHz. 

Polling rate, for those who need a refresher, is the frequency at which a peripheral transmits data to your computer. When it comes to gaming mice, the current industry standard is 1,000Hz. That means most mice send data to your PC 1,000 times every second, leading to a 1ms input delay coming from the peripheral. The Viper 8K shaves that down to one-eighth of a millisecond. 

Razer Viper 8K

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In theory, that should make the Viper 8K more responsive, with fewer instances of micro-stutters, according to Razer. However, even seasoned esports pros may have a tough time sussing out the differences between a mouse with a 1,000Hz polling rate and the Viper 8K given that we’re talking about milliseconds here. 

Realistically, the Viper 8K’s light 71g frame is likely to give you more of an edge than its advanced polling capabilities. It’s also worth pointing out 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, that may make the Viper 8K a non-starter. But if already in the market for a new mouse, at the very least it’s one of those features that won’t hurt your performance in the same way a mouse set to too high of a DPI setting will, and the Viper 8K has a lot going for it besides its headline feature. 

The Viper 8K is available to purchase today through Amazon, Best Buy and Razer’s website.

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