Roland09, on 22 December 2018 - 01:48 PM, said:

Oh, is it?

Show me some math, please: A gauss slug is accelerated to 2,000 m/s and weighs how much? How many machine gun bullets are accelerated to what speed in a given time and weigh how much, multiplied by the number of machine guns?

By sheer mass alone, the gauss gun can absorb how much heat, compared the mass of the machine guns?

Orders of magnitude?

Show me some math, please: A gauss slug is accelerated to 2,000 m/s and weighs how much? How many machine gun bullets are accelerated to what speed in a given time and weigh how much, multiplied by the number of machine guns?

By sheer mass alone, the gauss gun can absorb how much heat, compared the mass of the machine guns?

Orders of magnitude?

Each Gauss round is 100 kg, since we have 10 per metric ton (1000 kg). At 2,000 m/s the energy is going to be:

(100 kg * (2000 m/s)^2)/2, or 200 MJ.

Each MG round is 0.5 kg, since we have 2000 per metric ton. They are hitscan in MWO, but the animation looks like ~ 1200 m/s based on other weapons that are 1200 m/s (AC/10), so let's call it that (for reference, a modern 0.50 BMG round travels at ~ 860-930 m/s and only weighs around 50 grams). The energy per round there is:

(0.5 kg * (1200 m/s)^2)/2, or 0.36 MJ

And that's just the energy in the round. The power needed to get it there depends on how much time and distance you have available to you. Trying to get something to 2000 m/s in a meter or two is way more intensive than trying to do it in a few kilometers. Like, the release is damn near instantaneous, so let's call that 0.1 second; your energy requirements to get to 200 MJ in 0.1 seconds is 2000 MW. To get your MG round to 0.36 MJ in the same time takes only 3.6 MW.

So it's not just an order of magnitude, it's

*several*orders of magnitude.