-WARNING - LONG POST-
I had a project cancel this am, so I was able to do get to this a little sooner than expected. And since this got long, I decided to remove it from the OS X sierra install thread and give the discussion its own space.
I believe I realized why topology settings did not affect performance before in my testing a few months ago. I tested topology settings on a windows vm. And as I discuss later, you’ll see why I thought it did nothing (spoiler: it really doesn’t…)