Thanks to Season 7, we got new Equipment and weapons.
Now knowing that this thread will go down in a flamewar (Cruiser are UP, Escorts are OP, Tacs are OP, Eng are UP or something else, that is not true), here a short summary of testing my tank with two different layouts of weapons. If you want equipment or skills, i have to dsappoint you. There are many good layouts out there which do their 6-7k DPS (mine can go up to 8k over the whole length of an stf, while I tank the whole map (literally)).
So, there are two(+1?) choices:
A little rainbowish: 6 beams of any kind (well, of one kind, but you are free to choose what), the cutting beam (nice little beam, but weak against shields) and the experimental romulan beam array. Why? Only 6 beams consuming energy (with n beams, only n-1 consume energy), because the Romulan doesnt. Nice boost in damage). The best choice for the beams would be plasma, but that would also be the worst choice for pvp. But for PvE its viable. With 60 Energy Drain, you will only fall to 90 Weapons energy (dont forget EPtW!) and get a nice boost.
A little exotic: Substitute one beam from the above layot for the romulan hyper-plasma-torp (and use Projectile doffis). Of course, you have to boost your turnrate, else you will drop in dps instead of boosting it. While I think this is inferior to the above, it might be fair to say that i did not use it correctly. By mounting a Torpedo in front, the best choice would be 3 Dual beam bank in front. But as you know, cruisers have an pretty nasty turn rate (you know, more mass than an escort and greater inertia. Bigger nacelles dont work on impulse (there are actually people believing that a ship with bigger nacelles should be faster on impulse...oh well)).
HOWEVER: There is one exception: You can use this layout in Hive onslaught, because the enemies (except spheres and queen) are big enough to use the beams and the torp simultaniously. Thats the only occasion in which its more powerful than above layout.
Ah yeah, something I didnt test, but saw, a cannons-turrets-cruiser (was a Galor). It does its damage (pretty nice actually) but was inferior to the first layout. Since it wasnt with me in Hive, I wont go ahead and compare the second and third layout.
So, boost your damage, even when you fly a little rainbowish^^
Plasma is the way to go with PvE for cruisers right now. Running 5 plasma beams, rom beam and the rom torp, along with 3 pc borg shield/deflector/engine and 2 pc borg console/cutting beam.
I'm going to run some dps logs to check the differences between running an omega torp or rom torp and the set bonuses it provides. Might even throw in both 3pc sets, but I'm sure it will hamper dps too much.