When I click on link between PI modules what does the “Capacity Used” bar mean/show? And how does it relate to needing (or just wanting?) to upgrade links?
For example: I have a link between my extractor module and storage unit. The link is the default non-graded initial link. The bar only shows a tiny part of the total bar highlighted. Does that mean the link is only using a fraction of the transfer bandwidth? Does that mean upgrading the link would be a waste of power and CPU?
Upgrading the link can be done for two reasons.
- The link is overloaded (100%) and you’re trying to transfer more through it than fits
- You want to use to use ‘expedited transfers’ more regularly, as an upgraded link reduces cooldown
But you’re right, upgrading a link otherwise is a waste of power and CPU.
I’ve settled on doing extractor planets using an upgraded link myself, with the basic industrial facilities all in one place but the extractor and a directly adjacent storage silo elsewhere, easy to decommission/replace when I need to move locations.
In some cases, extraction exceeds a normal link’s capacity - but if I have the extractor routed to a silo right next to it, THEN to the indy facilities, then output to launchpads, things can work swimmingly by upgrading the link between the right-next-to-each-other extractor and silo (taking very little additional power/cpu), and from there things can be routed with no issue at all.
In this case at least, I’ve found upgrading the link to not be a waste - but yeah, power/CPU usage scales up a LOT with a long link.
That configuration must be “costing” you a fortune in power and CPU to cover that distance!
On a planet with a small enough radius, you can reach a significant distance or even nearly the whole way around before you reach the limit - even on larger ones, this still gives more than enough room to reposition the extractor+silo to a better spot if you need And CCU V is fabulous in these situations
Usually Link Upgrades are not needed until you get to WH/NS PI.
I’m doing a lot of my PI in J space.
I re-did all my PI links and saved alot of CPU staying with the basic/default/initial links. Enough to add more structures on many of my planets. The most usage of a basic link was 47% so I’m good right now.
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