Ever since that one TCRC a few days back, where I had my cap chain target locked, the DDD locked, 8 additional people each of which was receiving damage and new shield broadcasts comming in which I couldn't lock (and had no idea who to unlock), I was thinking about fitting a Signal Amplifier. I realize that situations like the one just described are rare, but I'd rather not leave it to chance.
So let's get started...
Wanting to have more than 10 targets locked on my optimal fit Basilisk (differences from official fit are T2 cap transmitters and a deadspace AB (same activation cost as faction)).
Fit a Signal Amplifier instead of Caldari Navy Power Diagnostic System
Fit a Signal Amplifier instead of Damage Control II
Solution #1 cons:
Fit is a bit short on power grid and needs an Abyssal Large Shield Extender. Besides spending a bit of ISK, this is not really a that big of a problem.
My Basi would have 2.282 fewer EHP (45.494 EHP without boosts, instead of 47.780 EHP).
The fit is no longer cap stable with 1 incoming Large Inductive Compact Remote Capacitor Transmitter!
My cap delta with this fit variation is Δ -64,2 GJ/s (-303,7%). I have 2 cap implants (EO-606 and EM-806), and all cap related skills at level 5 except Sensor Linking (which is at level 4, and training it to 5 would raise the delta to -64,1 GJ/s; still not enough). Simulating the whole setup in Pyfa shows I'd have 8m30s of cap (or be stable with when not running the 4th Remote Shield Booster).
Solution #2 cons:
My Basi would have 7.159 fewer EHP (40.621 EHP without boosts, instead of 47.780 EHP). Resists would still be above 70% (they'd change from 75/90/85/75 to 71/89/83/71).
Unless I've forgotten something crucial, solution #2 seems to have much milder drawbacks. My Scimi, for comparison, has 18.122 EHP and it manages to survive just fine (albeit the shield sometimes resembles a windscreen wiper).
For solution #1 to be cap stable, the incoming Remote Capacitor Transmitter would have to be T2 (is there any possibility of changing the fits soon?).
What does everybody think about this?