Hey there again all, I have a question, while playing around with the load out on my Multi Vector i found out that using my 5 Mk XI Tetryon Beam arrays would allow me to deal around 4500 damage if i broadside, yet if i use my Plasma-Distruptor Dual Heavy Cannons+one Mk XI and a Mk X Dual Tetryon Beam bank, my damage over all when i add it up seems to be lower, bare in mind im not factoring in the loss of weapon damage from weapon drain due to weapon use, so could someone clarify this? Arnt i supposed to be dealing more damage with the Heavy Plasma/Disruptor Cannons and Dual Beam Banks?
That's a tough one. I've never used all single beam arrays on an escort, it would seem to be an poor use of the escort's maneuverability. On paper the DHC and DBB do more damage than a single beam array, and the power drain is really no worse even for the DHC since they don't fire all the time. If it's not a firing arc issue (it's easy to accidentally get out of arc for the DHC) then it could be something going on with that particular weapon or weapons.
I typically use DBB and DHCs front with sometimes a torp added, but often not. In the rear I use 2 turrets and a single beam so beam skills will work from the rear or side too. But I use purple mk xi gear and it works really well. I've thought about equipping the special mission weapons on a ship to see how it goes though.
Anyone have some numbers on this? Things can go for a long time bugged when it's something not typically used like single beams on an escort.
EDIT: of course all your beam arrays are mk xi and some weapons on the other example are mk x. It would be better if everything you tested were mk xi.
If you're not taking energy drain into account then that would make a big difference. If you just add up each of the damage from the beams it will look a lot higher, but just looking at the damage of 7 or 8 beams without considering energy drain is pretty pointless. Even at 125 weapon power there are serious diminishing returns going beyond about 4 beams.
Also, as pointed out above, if you're not using tactical consoles that help your cannons then their damage will be significantly reduced.