I did a test with the most recent Experimental Build (Tier 7 test) 0.1.14 build 100692 that is not promising for me.
I started a build for Aluminium Sheets (360/min, 24 Manufacturers) and before I started I made a few tests.
This is what I will enable when I put on the power:
7 Miners Mk.3
22 Smelters for Copper ingots.
18 Manufacturers for Silica
12 Foundry's for Aluminium Ingots
24 Manufacturers for Alclad Aluminium Sheets
Before I enable power to the above I get 40 FPS looking at the machines at the top floor of the factory.
Here is me on top of the factory that has all the machines for Aluminium sheets.
Image of my FPS and my Build as well as commentary. https://i.imgur.com/grExSlU.png
When I enable power for 14 of the 24 manufacturers everything starts and I get 12 FPS !!
This is very bad because this is only 1 small new factory, everything else is standing still.
It isn't even 5% of all my available machines working.
I enabled the last 10 manufacturers (24 total now for 360/min) and now the FPS is about 8 FPS when looking at the machines working. (I only see the top 24 aluminium sheet manufacturers).
This is not good for expanding my build (200h) into Tier 7 and 8 and some kind of performance boost must be done. Overall I think the new network optimization is doing "something good" but it is not enough for me.
It is also a shock how much the FPS goes down whenever any machines are working (and as others have said it does not help to "run away" or not look at it, the FPS hit is wherever you are it seems).
Intel 5960X boosting to 3.9GHz on 1 core
1TB nvme drive
Nvidia 2080 RDX graphics with latest driver.
I love this game but it is getting harder to be able to play it at sub 15fps