This post almost got lost.
First of all howdy and welcome to LQ. Second is something I should point out. A zero reply post gets put on top of others so edit your posts as opposed to add second post. Sometimes many of us think someone is working on it already.
The simple answer is that a VM client can run close to or in some cases actually faster than a single physical system. This assumes some things however. In general, if one has a modern computer that has enough resources and has full support for VM technologies then yes. A client would run quite well in most cases.
Now if you fail to have enough resources on the host, or not VM supported fully hardware, or excessive loads, or poor config then you could notice lack or performance.
I was going to go on about history but this ought to do.