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Join Date: Jun 2012
03-21-2013, 09:25 PM
Each weapon fires multiple times in its firing cycle, the timing and number of shots varies from type to type and affects the DPS. The dual cannons fire more shots with less downtime between cycles.
There's also some more obscure factors. Dual heavy cannons outperform dual cannons by 5-10% in combat log parsing, partially because of their boost to critical damage and partially because of quirks in how their firing cycles overlap when firing 3-4 of them.