ROCCAT NYTH Modular Gaming Mouse Review


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ROCCAT NYTH Modular Gaming Mouse Review

By Greg Schepers

Manufacturer: ROCCAT GmbH
Product Name: ROCCAT NYTH Modular Gaming Mouse
Model Number: ROC-11-900
UPC: 4250288159259
Price As Tested: $119.99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ROCCAT.

ROCCAT is an organization that will clearly not be satisfied until it is at the top of the gaming peripheral peak looking down at the competition. Just look at its recent history in terms of successful gaming mice, mechanical gaming keyboards, gaming headsets, and other various gaming accessories. In addition, ROCCAT has established a relationship with Alienware in order to provide AlienFX to some of the popular gaming mice and keyboards in the ROCCAT lineup. One of the new devices that is to benefit from this revolutionary lighting system is the ROCCAT NYTH Modular Gaming Mouse.

The NYTH is billed as an MMO mouse, but ROCCAT is confident that it can be a world-beater no matter what game you are playing. In fact, ROCCAT states that the NYTH possesses, “deep button modularity that fluidly transitions into a MOBA or FPS master tool with ease.” Considering the features and specification that have been equipped on this well-endowed mouse and considering the track record of this company, it is easy to take ROCCAT’s word for it and believe that the NYTH will be another successful addition to what is already considered an outstanding gaming peripheral lineup. I have plenty of ROCCAT devices, so I have no reason not to believe the good folks over there, but still, let’s have some fun, put this mouse to work, and see what she’s made of.

Oftentimes, when a company places so much focus on a new and innovative feature on a device, they fall short in other areas. Considering the features and specifications of the ROCCAT NYTH, that does not appear to be the case here. ROCCAT seems to have been able to successfully achieve a truly modular design and produce a mouse that delivers the performance that gamers demand. So, alongside that modular custom button layout, the NYTH comes fully-loaded and even includes a 12000DPI Twin-Tech laser sensor R1.


Mouse Features

    new generation: adjustable in 1dpi increments
    integrated next-gen driver system
    lighting effects for your favorite games
    modular design for thumb area
    for 33 × buttons and sidegrip
    for lightning-fast and instinctive control
    suits palm and claw grip styles perfectly
    with ROCCAT® Easy-Shift[+]™ technology
    design your parts or download via library

Technical Specifications

  • Twin-Tech Laser Sensor R1 with up to 12000dpi
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 1ms response time
  • 50G acceleration
  • 3.8m/s (150ips) single axis / 5.4m/s (212ips) both axis
  •  16-bit data channel
  •  Adjustable lift-off distance
  •  Adjustable click accuracy to mitigate against minuscule movements
  •  Tracking & Distance Control Unit
  •  72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
  •  576kB onboard memory
  •  Zero angle snapping/prediction
  •  1.8m braided USB cable


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  1. Paul

    This mouse is like a dream come true for me. The second I see it for sale somewhere here in Canada, I will be buying it. It never fails, the mouse that fits my hands, doesn’t have the button positioning that I want. I can’t wait to (literally) get my hands on this. Great review, thanks.

    1. Greg Schepers

      Hi Paul. I’m pretty confident that the NYTH will meet the criteria that you’re looking for in a mouse. Thanks for your feedback!

  2. Jack

    I’m interested in picking this up but I wonder how you think the sensor compares to a non-laser one (I’ve never used laser sensors before and haven’t heard the best things about them.)

    1. Greg Schepers

      Hi Jack! I’m going to assume that you’re accustomed to an optical mouse? Optical sensors are great; plenty of gamers out there, especially FPS gamers, prefer them over laser sensors. The consensus is that optical sensors track better and are more accurate. It’s hard to argue those points.

      What I will say is that I’ve been using laser sensors for several years, and the technology has steadily improved and will continue to evolve. A laser mouse with a good GUI will give you the ability to tweak the settings until you find something that suits you well. One stated advantage of a laser mouse is that it has high DPI availability. I don’t pay much attention to the massive DPI settings available, since I generally game at around 1500 DPI. However, if you need 12,000 DPI, the NYTH has it.

      One of the complaints that people had with the laser sensor is that it continues to track as it is lifted off of the surface. On the NYTH, you can adjust the lift-off distance setting. I turned lift-off completely off, so when I lift my NYTH, it doesn’t track at all. That an example of the evolution of the laser gaming mouse.

      Let me wrap this up, since I’ve been long-winded enough. I personally have been using laser sensors since the Logitech G9x, and I haven’t looked back. Some people out there claim the laser sensor is a “gimmick.” I’m obviously not one of those people. But I’m also not a professional gamer. What I will say is that the ROCCAT NYTH is a fantastic laser gaming mouse that has a great GUI and is tremendously customizable. I’m not sure I helped you much here, but my preference in a mouse sensor will be different than the next person’s.

      Take care!

  3. Jordon Mactavish

    Hey Greg I have a couple questions for you.
    I currently have a Logitech g600 where I have to program the buttons in the software as a game profile and link it to a game launch file.
    I don’t like the feature of the g600 because i have to do every game I play even if its only a game that lasts half an hour and then most the time the software stops working anyway haha.
    So I was wondering could I skip this all together on the nyth. So straight from getting it out of the box open battlefield 4 and put knife to one of the side buttons?
    Or if that’s not possible have one default profile with enough buttons like internet forward and back to act as mouse buttons 5-14 for example.
    Be a big help if you could check for me,
    Thanks in advanced :’)

    1. Greg Schepers

      Jordan! I haven’t used it in a while, but I remember having a similar issue with the Logitech G9x.

      The SWARM GUI for the NYTH allows you to create profiles, but you have the option to either link them to programs or not. When you receive it, all 12 of the small buttons are on the side of the NYTH and they are assigned their corresponding numbers by default. In other words, when you actuate button #1, it will produce a “1.” So, yeah, you could change your in-game key bindings instead of creating a profile for each game. And, with 12 buttons just on the left side of the mouse, you would be able to reserve two for internet forward and back, yet still utilize those buttons while in your game of choice. One thing I should point out is that the SWARM GUI currently requires you to designate a default “desktop profile.” I say “currently” because ROCCAT SWARM is still a work in progress. Anyway, the desktop profile scenario seems as if it would work for you anyway, since you want to standardize your button layout for everything you do and forgo the creation of and program assignment of profiles.

      I think that, once you get the NYTH, you’ll want to play with the customization options a bit. That’s the intriguing aspect of this mouse, all of the modular and GUI customization options. Oh yeah, I didn’t mention that there are a bunch of predefined profiles for games and for tasks. So, if you want to create a profile for BF4 and just choose the “Battlefield 4” button layout, you’re good to go in no time. They even have predefined profiles for programs like Adobe Photoshop, which comes in very handy for me.

      I hope I answered your questions. If not, give me a holler! Take care!


  4. Jordon MacTavish

    Hi Greg thank you for the in-depth reply there Greg.
    With the internet forward and back thing i was emailing a guy from roccat and he said that mouse buttons 4 and 5 like on my ls razer lachesis are actually a rebaged internet IE forward and back i was just wondering if there were more functions like that on the nyth?
    thanks Jordon 🙂

    1. Greg Schepers

      Hello again Jordan! The information that you received from the guy at ROCCAT is news to me. I remember the side buttons, prior to customizing the desktop profile, producing numbers by default when actuated. If buttons 4 and 5 moved you forward and back in the browser by default, that would be a bit strange, since they are positioned on opposite ends of the button array and in different rows.

      When I look at the button layout for the top of the mouse, 4 and 5 are considered scrolling up and scrolling down on the wheel. Maybe he misunderstood you? Then again, maybe I did! I’m not sure I helped you much here. But let me say this to you, with so many options available to you, I have no doubt you’ll be able to set up a profile that works in all of your games and tasks. I know that’s one of your goals. It’s achievable on the NYTH. Oh yeah, you also have the Easy Shift [+] capability at your disposal. Basically, this allows you to reserve a button to use in the same manner as the shift key on your keyboard. In other words, you can essentially double the number of functions available on the mouse, since each button can have two functions.

      Take care!

  5. Kyle Schoffelmeer


    I’m having issues with the Swarm software. I successfully installed the Swarm software, updated it for the Nyth module, and was able to customize the buttons/layout/lift settings within Swarm. Then the software randomly stopped showing the Nyth as a peripheral, and thus, I am unable to adjust any settings. I did not install any new software or change anything that may have caused this issue.

    I have tried reinstalling, replugging, and restarting the software. The Nyth works and is recognized under the Windows Hardware menu in the Control Panel, but the Swarm software opens up to a blank screen…

    I’m using v1.30 of the Swarm software.

    Do you have any recommendations on how to fix this?


    1. Greg Schepers

      Hi Kyle,

      That’s odd. The first thing I would recommend is to uninstall the software for other mice that you may have been using. You may want to even uninstall the SWARM software as well. After uninstalling all of the software for the mice you’ve been using, restart, and then reinstall the SWARM software. You may have some sort of conflict going on there. I hope this helps.

      Take care!

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