hey all... i run at least one (usually only one but always at least one) virtual machine, so VM performance is important to me. to that end, i'd evaluated a 2013 iMac i7 running Win7 via Fusion 6, and i wanted to make some comparisons with my new nMP. i'd spent some time tweaking settings on the VM (# of virtual cores and memory allocation) to optimize performance of my apps (they are more processor- and disk-intensive and are not at all video-intensive). i confirmed the settings with some synthetic benchmark testing. the VM resides on a 2xSSD RAID0 on a sonnet enclosure (i.e., fast). last night i ran the same VM from the same place on the nMP (no changes at all to the disc). a quick benchmark showed performance on the nMP to be lower (~20%) but i did not tweak any settings. in that benchmark (not real-world testing...yet), CPU and disk scores were both lower. i would think disk performance would be the same, or possibly even better given the nMP's ability to access the discs in the enclosure faster than the iMac. as mentioned above, i experimented with settings on the iMac to optimize the VM on the iMac and only had time to run one configuration on the nMP, but all configurations on the iMac ran faster--it was just a question of degree. on the other hand, i would experience some major slowdowns (near freezes) on the VM on the iMac when running many apps at once. i suspect the nMP (esp 6-core) might handle those scenarios a bit better but don't know for sure. i am going to test more later but figured i would start a thread for this sort of stuff.