So far, I just haven’t been able to get the math to work. I see tutorials like this one:
But, the problem I run into is apparently the Jita market price for P3+ planetary commodities does NOT exceed the Jita Market price for the equivalent best prices for potential P2 commodity inputs.
3 Transcranial Microcontrollers = about 216,000 at Jita sell prices.
Because it requires Precious metals and Reactive metals as part of the production chain, and it requires 20 P2 product, we can say that:
20 Mechanical Parts = about 245,000 at Jita sell prices
Does anyone know of any P3 product that actually outperforms the better valued P2 products?
The numbers get even worse when looking at them from the Production Chain.
Working backwards to see a clear pictures shows that:
P2 <— P1 chain = 1 hour cycle.
P3 <— P2 <— P1 chain = a 2 hour cycle. (Not because of the added step but because it takes 2 cycles of P2 to create the 10 units of each P2 that goes into a P3 factory).
So, to fully buffer (and compete with) a P1 to P2 production chain, you need to get your numbers down onto the 1 hour cycles.
So to continuously run P3 in 1 hour cycles needs 4xP2 factories fueled by 8xP1 factories.
To buffer each P1 commodity to continuously run P2 therefore requires 9xP1 factories.
From the cited resource above it looks like 8 P1 factories is achievable, but probably not more???
No single planet can fully buffer the production chain of its commodity to a P3 factory, so some planets are lost merely to buffering.
17 planets at 8xP1 factories = 136 total P1 factories. 136 divided by 9 = 15.1 and since you can’t have 15.1 planets that means only 15 planets can be devoted to the P3 production chain.
Anyway, as you can see a massive amount of resource goes into P3 production, and the value, as far as I can tell, never exceeds the result of simply devoting 136 P1 factories to a P2 commodity (or several P2 commodities).
Can someone help discuss and sort out where I am at with this thought process, and explain if there’s a viable path to P3 production?