Endgame Gear OP1 8K Review (2024)

Sensor and Performance

The Endgame Gear OP1 8K is equipped with the PixArt PAW3395. According to specifications, the 3395 is capable of up to 26,000 CPI, as well as a maximum tracking speed of 650 IPS, which equals 16.51 m/s. Four CPI steps are available in total: 400, 800, 1600, and 3200.

All testing was done on the latest firmware (1.16). As such, results obtained on earlier firmware versions may differ from those presented hereafter.

CPI Accuracy

"CPI" (short for counts per inch) describes the number of counts registered by the mouse if it is moved exactly an inch. There are several factors (firmware, mounting height of the sensor not meeting specifications, mouse feet thickness, mousing surface, among others) which may contribute to nominal CPI not matching actual CPI. It is impossible to always achieve a perfect match, but ideally, nominal and actual CPI should differ as little as possible. In this test, I'm determining whether this is the case or not. However, please keep in mind that said variance will still differ from unit to unit, so your mileage may vary.

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I've restricted my testing to the four most common CPI steps, which are 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. As you can see, deviation is consistently positive and moderately high, which is a good result overall. In order to account for the measured deviation, adjusted steps of 400, 750, 1550, and 3100 CPI have been used for testing.

Motion Delay

"Motion delay" encompasses all kinds of sensor lag. Any further sources of input delay will not be recorded in this test. The main thing I'll be looking for in this test is sensor smoothing, which describes an averaging of motion data across several capture frames, in order to reduce jitter at higher CPI values, increasing motion delay along with it. The goal here is to have as little smoothing as possible. As there is no way to accurately measure motion delay absolutely without special equipment, it is done by comparison with a control subject that has been determined to have consistent and low motion delay. In this case, the control subject is a Logitech G403, whose PMW3366 sensor has no visible smoothing across the entire CPI range. Note that the G403 is moved first and thus receives a slight head start.

First, I'm looking at two xCounts plots—generated at 1600 and 26,000 CPI—to quickly gauge whether there is any smoothing, which would be indicated by any visible "kinks." As you can see, neither plot shows any, which strongly suggests there not being any smoothing.

The OP1 8K also allows enabling MotionSync, which tightens SPI timing.

In order to determine motion delay, I'm looking at xSum plots generated at 1600 and 26,000 CPI. The line further to the left denotes the sensor with less motion delay. Without MotionSync, the OP1 8K is ahead of the G403 by roughly 1.2 ms at both 1600 and 26,000 CPI, further confirming there not being any smoothing. With MotionSync, this advantage is reduced to roughly 0.4 ms. Upon enabling ripple control (third plot), roughly 1 ms worth of motion delay is added.

Speed-related Accuracy Variance (SRAV)

What people typically mean when they talk about "acceleration" is speed-related accuracy variance (or SRAV). It's not about the mouse having a set amount of inherent positive or negative acceleration, but about the cursor not traveling the same distance if the mouse is moved the same physical distance at different speeds. The easiest way to test this is by comparison with a control subject that is known to have very low SRAV, which in this case is the G403. As you can see from the plot, no displacement between the two cursor paths can be observed, which confirms that SRAV is very low.

Perfect Control Speed

Perfect Control Speed (or PCS for short) is the maximum speed up to which the mouse and its sensor can be moved without the sensor malfunctioning in any way. I've only managed to hit a measly 5 m/s, which is within the proclaimed PCS range and causes no observable sensor malfunction.

Polling Rate Stability

1000 Hz is fully stable.

Paint Test

This test is used to indicate any potential issues with angle snapping (non-native straightening of linear motion) and jitter, along with any sensor lens rattle. As you can see, no issues with angle snapping can be observed. There is no jitter visible at 1600 CPI. 26,000 CPI shows major jitter, which is only marginally reduced upon enabling smoothing (ripple control). Lastly, there is no lens movement.

Lift-off Distance

The OP1 8K offers two pre-defined LOD levels. On the "1 mm" setting, the sensor will not track at a height of one DVD (<1.2 mm), whereas on the "2 mm" setting, the sensor will track at a height of one DVD, but not at a height of two DVDs (1.2<x<2.4 mm; x=LOD height). Keep in mind that LOD may vary slightly depending on the mousing surface (pad) it is being used on.

Click Latency

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In most computer mice, debouncing is required to avoid double clicks, slam-clicks, or other unintended effects of switch bouncing. Debouncing typically adds a delay, which, along with any potential processing delay, shall be referred to as click latency. In order to measure click latency, the mouse has been interfaced with an NVIDIA LDAT (Latency Display Analysis Tool). Many thanks go to NVIDIA for providing an LDAT device. More specifically, the LDAT measures the time between the electrical activation of the left main button and the OS receiving the button-down message. Unless noted otherwise, the values presented in the graph refer to the lowest click latency possible on the mouse in question. If a comparison mouse is capable of both wired and wireless operation, only the result for wireless (2.4 GHz) operation will be listed. All the listed values have been gathered without any sensor motion. If latency differs between no motion and motion, it will be noted as such.

Click latency has been measured to be 0.1 (0.12) ms, with standard deviation being 0.00 ms. Polling rate has no effect on click latency.

Please note that the result given above only accounts for firmware-level latency. Physical latency, which describes the act of physically actuating the switch, is not accounted for, but that is precisely what is modified by enabling GX Speed Mode. Thus, in order to measure the difference between the GX Safe Mode/Off and GX Speed Mode settings, the end-to-end-latency function of LDAT has been employed, and the result is a relative difference of 1.4 ms. Relative to the measured click latency of 0.1 ms, we thus arrive at a negative value of -1.3 ms, which of course is not a depiction of actual latency, but rather the result of mixing two sources of latency. In practice, however, the OP1 8K will indeed be faster by the indicated amount compared to the other listed mice.

The main button switches were measured to be running at 3.00 V. I'm not aware of the voltage specifications of the used Kailh GX switches, but consider it likely that these are running within specifications.

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