Plasma cannons of any type are practically invisible on the lowest graphical settings. The most I ever see are a couple of tiny white dots at certain camera angles. All the other energy types are visible at this graphical level, the only thing I haven't lowered is the half resolution option.
The Somraw, K'tinga, D'Kyr, D7, Kumari, and T'Varo are all older than the Constitution Refit and yet they are tier 5. The rule needs to change.