I’ve been playing around with nuclear reactors for a few days and found out quite unpleasant thing.
Let's say we’ve got a simple reactor with no additional chambers filled according to the following layout:
It is Mark I-O EC reactor that can produce 4kk EU and emit it at a rate of 20 EU/t. We can see that it’s also very cheap, as it has only two expensive HD and four much less expensive platings.
Now let’s build four of them. We’ll get 16kk EU at a total rate of 80 EU/t, and it will cost us totally 8 HD, 16 platings, 16 cooling cells, and 8 Uranium cells, not counting 8 reactor chambers and 16 advanced circuits required to build 4 reactors.
And here it goes. I dare you to make one six-chamber Mark I-O reactor that produces 16kk EU at 80 EU/t without extra user-provided cooling. I’ve watched through couple of threads here, and the best six-chambers reactors I’ve seen were Marks II with more than one cycle providing about 50 EU/t.
Someone might think that six-chamber reactor is less resource-consuming to build that four single reactors. Well, latter do require more advanced circuits to build, but on the other hand, they need less HD that are more expensive to me.
Am I missing something? Or there really is no point in inventing and using more advanced reactors?