Pros and Cons
- Good alpha
- Amazing rate of fire
- Good top speed
- Great maneuverability
- Ridiculous damage per minute: almost 3,000
- Great camouflaqe values
- 42 deg/s traverse makes it difficult to get flanked
- Good frontal armor that will bounce shots
- Superior to the contemporary SU-152 in all but RoF and HP
- Bothersome aim time
- Below average accuracy
- Poor view range
- Sluggish acceleration
- No preferential matchmaking (still meets tier 9 tanks)
- Very bad gun depression
- Restrictive gun arc
- Only has 4 Crew slots, which can be frustrating when crew training for higher tiered Russian TD's.
With a gun that's for all intents and purposes as good as the SU-152's best 122mm gun (7.5 to 8.11 Rate of Fire), this tank has one of the best damage per minute values in the game, combined with a low, sneaky profile and high maneuverability, and a bit of sloped armor to boot. A scary tank to face, this premium tank is atypical for premium tanks for having an amazing gun while keeping the benefits of a normal tank. This has made the SU-122-44 to be considered "overpowered" by many players.
Although the SU-122-44 has an extreme DPM and quite good armor, it still is fragile due to its low health and reliance on sloping - artillery will annihilate you, often times in one shot. To make the situation worse, most tier 8 and 9 heavies you find will laugh as you bounce your fairly low penetration gun on them while it takes them two (albeit much slower firing) shots to kill you, unless you can fire at their sides or rear. HOWEVER, if you can fire at their lower glacis, then you can penetrate any tank you fight.
Simply put, you can penetrate any tier 7 tank or lower with your gun from the front. For tier 8 or 9 tanks, firing at their lower glacis is almost a surefire penetration.
There is one thing you must note, however. The SU-122-44 gets tracked way too often, so it is absolutely necessary to train ALL crew members with repair and get a toolbox. If the SU is tracked, it sways off to the side.