As does 1 DMG, and being able to use a stronger body piece like Ares's over Askar. The collective benefit would be something to account for more, than the lost 34th hit you would of gained, if you had -15 delay that eventually gets lost by disengaging and switching targets/running to targets. If the effect is barely noticeable it'll be even more so unnoticeable in a parser.
The collective attack and str you gain from a stronger Body such as Ares's would be reflected more on parser or even by your eye parser.
Of course, this is speaking in regards to a weapon that is not V. Fork. Since the DA3% Delay, and use of Ares's body are all prime equipment pieces. V. Fork with a White Tathlum could perform the same way as Sarissa + E. Ring + Ares's Body however yes, V.Fork would win.
In anycase, if you're mainly focused on the 551 delay of Gae Bolg, then yeah... it's an issue and I believe it accounts for additional hits a lot faster than a 15 delay difference. The difference is practically 9 hits versus 8 hits. 8 hits being the Gae Bolg and 9 hits being anything else.
However the difference between 15 delay, would be an additional hit every 33-34 hits or so.
Edited, Nov 16th 2009 7:44pm by TaoDRG
Edited, Nov 16th 2009 7:53pm by TaoDRG