Currently I run beams on my GX, but that's also an Engineer character. I run 1 QTorp on the bow, with 2 beam arrays, and 1 DBB. But with the Venture skin's bug I run with 3 arrays and 1 Torp. Over all loadout is 6 beam arrays and 2 torps.
What's the cool down on the torpedoes down to? I may have to give the dual torps a try
Gal-X is a fun ship but needs attention (and BOff skills) to make it more maneuverable. I just have trouble justifying cannons on them. I prefer 3 beams up front with a quantum, and 3 beams in back with a peng torpedo. To each his own, of course.
I agree and disagree with many of the opinions posted.
I REFUSE to go all turrets. Pathetic DPS and the ship is capable of so very much more (whether many see it or not). You limit yourself if you use that as a crutch, plain and simple.
I personally enjoy 3x Dual Banks up front with a Quantum, 3x Turrets rear with a Hargh'Peng. I have... "tricks" of making sure my enemy finds themselves in my firing arcs, so this isn't a hindrance (note that dual beams and torpedoes have the same arc range of fire).
I used to use cannons, and while the ship can pull off some impressive shots and decisive kills (especially fresh after decloaking for a surprise attack), you become what is widely referred to as a "one trick pony".
You might get that trick off once, before an enemy wises up and learns not to let it happen again. After that, you're useless.
Dual Beams are tremendous DPS, and still offer double the range of cannons. A skilled Captain won't miss the range of single beams, but will still appreciate the range increase over cannons.
But, these are my thoughts/experiences. I enjoy the Galaxy-X in PvP, even moreso with idiots who are silly enough to claim Galaxy-X is weak, and I have the glorious opportunity to shove that down their throats as they die by my hand.
Because of the lt tactical station I find cannon fire limited on the GX no rapid fire 2 or scatter volley 2 available. Best to stick cannons on an escort and beams on a cruiser. GX really could do with a lt commander tactical station and better turn rate.
I would like to see the Gx brought in line with the AC on turn rate, but, question is what should it give up?
To give it that extra 1.0 turn rate, and Phaser Lance, that would begin tipping the balance and make it a pay2win type of ship. We all went through a great deal to ensure (including Cryptic) to make sure it was not that.
Still perhaps lossing extra tac, and dropping to a LT engineer and give it the ac turn rate and the excel's BO slots? Still that may be too much as well.
Hard to find a compromise that would compare to the standing AC.
Myself, I find no problem with the Gx, love the new skin btw, add to that I run it as a beamer with torps, she does well. I understand her mechanics and fly her directly as a cruiser.
Far as changes? Just remember, her stance vs other cruisers does well, outfitted properly. So to get something, understand it has to loose something. To give it the turn rate and the BO spec we are talking about would make it a touch too much IMHO.