I started doing some theory crafting today around the new Armored
Thrusters vs Fusion and discovered something a tad surprising (to me).
I will only be looking at the level 3 versions of each, because, face it, that's all you'll use in the endgame.
Fusion: 10% mass
Armored: 14% mass
That is a difference of 4%.
Armored gives 1035 health. This is just shy of Zynth 4's 1150 health, making it a good comparison.
Zynth 4 weighs 335 mass.
Weight values (for a fully laden ship)
Hellfire Mk1: 400
Hellfire Mk2: 420
Hellfire Mk3: 440
Hellfire Mk4: 460
Hellfire Mk5: 480
testing of Fusion vs Armored shows that you have to go almost the
entire distance from the center to the edge of the map to gain a
ship-length lead on Fusion.
Conclusion: Unless you need that
health boost, you're better off with fusion, as it's more mass
efficient, and that really sucks.
In my opinion, given the rarity
level of Armored Thrusters, they should have been 12-13%, not 14%. 13%
puts them on par with Zynth, while 12% makes them better.