We had a very interesting package show up at the front door a couple of weeks ago. No, it was not our new supply order from ShamWoW or even that P55/Lynnfield box we recently reviewed. It was a mouse designed and built by a motherboard company. Specifically, it was from Gigabyte and included a keyboard we will discuss later. Of course, there were a couple of motherboards and video cards in the box but our attention was naturally drawn to the new shiny trinket in the tricked out package.

Normally a mouse would not elicit such excitement but since I change mice about as often the US elects a Democratic president one could easily forgive me for being a bit too eager to give this product a through thrashing. Honestly, I had no idea that Gigabyte even offered mice but after checking out their PC peripheral page, I was impressed with the range of products offered. In fact, Gigabyte offers a total of nine mice ranging from an entry level wireless optical mouse to several gaming mice including our GM-M8000 sample.

The GM-M8000 is part of Gigabyte’s new GHOST gaming series of products. This particular mouse features the AVAGO 6090 Laser sensor featuring adjustable sensitivity from 400 dpi to 4000 dpi, Gigabyte’s GHOST Engine featuring 8KB of onboard memory, GHOST software suite, 16-bit wide data path, five independently programmable buttons, four level on-the-fly DPI adjustment, USB report rate tuning, and an adjustable weight system with 38 grams of metal weights.

It all sounds impressive; the key is if this mouse actually works as advertised. So, let’s find out if this GHOST is the real thing or just another Casper wannabe.

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  • doncerdo1 - Monday, June 15, 2009 - link

    Hmmm so Anandtech now makes mice reviews...not so long ago this site wouldn't have time to do such a thing as there were actually interesting reviews or articles being made. Sad state of affairs. Miss the good ol days.
  • Gasaraki88 - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - link

    Wow, you are such an idiot. Anandtech always had reviews and articles on anything computer related.
  • aeternitas - Monday, June 15, 2009 - link

    You are an idiot. Stop coming here, we need less of you.
  • Lord 666 - Monday, June 15, 2009 - link

    In 2009, they still make corded mice?
  • MamiyaOtaru - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - link

    I HATE cordless mice.

    Aside from the lag issue that makes them useless for gaming, I've never used one that had perfect connectivity. Always replacing batteries or recharging and fiddling with antenna placement :( I'd rather not worry about that crap.
  • ap90033 - Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - link

    I hate dumb uninformed comments like these... Razor Mamba = Wireless Gaming mouse 1ms response 5200DPI and its GREAT...
  • aeternitas - Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - link

    I HATE computers.

    Aside from taking up the space of a large garage, they are hot and clunky and the hard drives are the size of my refrigerator!

    How about jumping to the year 2009, kid.
  • mindless1 - Monday, June 15, 2009 - link

    You didn't realize a corded mouse is more appropriate for a high-end product? The lagginess of cordless mice doesn't seem like it's much of a detriment to lower performance mice but the better the mouse the more you notice it.

    Plus, contrary to Gigabyte's idea about adding weights, some people (myself included) want a mouse as light as possible so long as it doesn't effect material or construction quality. Even with a Li-Ion battery you simply cannot build a wireless mouse as light as a corded one when it comes to weight actually moved (entire cord does not move when mouse itself is moved).

    I happen to use a cordless myself for everyday tasks so I don't feel I'm biased when I switch to the corded mouse for gaming.
  • ap90033 - Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - link

    What a dumb comment, or I am guessing you have not tried out the Razor Mamba for example. I and my friends cant tell the difference between it plugged in directly or used wireless. Of course having a 1ms response helps I bet. Anyway just because your mouse sucks at gaming and is wireless doesnt give you the right to condemn EVERY Wireless Mouse. Sheesh.
  • mindless1 - Monday, June 15, 2009 - link

    I should have written you can't build a cordless as light and have the battery last for any good amount of runtime, in theory a radio could be downsized enough that by itself it is no heavier than the amount of cord a corded mouse moves, although all my Logitech cordless mice are still heavier even without the batteries in them, if contrasting once you take the steel weight out of the corded ones that they screw to the top of the shell.

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