Razer has presented the Viper 8K with advancement and considered a refresh version of the 2019 true ambidextrous Viper. It’s identical and is now available at a similar $79 price. The Viper 8K has some major upgrades for competitive gamers who are hoping that tech might help them get the edge over their opponents. Razer has included the Focus Plus 20,000DPI sensor used in many of its other 2020 mice. The company has indicated that it also features the latest generation of optical switches with a more tactile click feel. Razer claims the newly revised version of Viper can achieve the fastest polling rate of any mouse currently available: up to 8,000Hz, far higher than the industry standard of 1,000Hz. Point to be noted that the polling rate measures how often per second the mouse tells your computer where it’s located on-screen.
It is noteworthy that the more frequent is the polling, the smoother your mouse tracking can be. An 8,000Hz polling rate can deliver a whopping 8,000 pings to your PC per second, in the case of Razer’s new Viper 8K. However, reducing the response time of those pings from one millisecond to just an eighth of one millisecond and seems really impressive. But, why would anyone need a polling rate this high? Razer says it could help your movement and aim feel more responsive. The gamers who play fast-paced games (like first-person shooters) are most likely to benefit from using this mouse. Moreover, you don’t notice a major difference while gaming and testing out Ghostrunner. The Mouse Insider and Zowie recorded a 4,700Hz average polling rate when tried to put Razer’s 8,000Hz polling rate claim to the test.
There were a few times it peaked into 5,000Hz, so it seems like it could go higher if it were physically possible to move hand faster. Your PC hardware may also play a factor. Razer requested that the press who was going to test the mouse have access to PCs with at least an Intel Core i5-8600K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, an Nvidia GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 or better graphics processor, and a high refresh-rate monitor at 144Hz or over. You don’t actually need a high-end PC to use this mouse. Razer’s Synapse software enables you to inverse the polling rate to 125, 500, 1,000, 2,000, or 4,000Hz. The main objective of the Razer Viper 8K is to make your experience smoother with its high polling rate.