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Are relations slower than a big, inefficient table?

I've been asked in my job to violate the first normal form (repeating groups across columns, using empty / null values) several times, "for the sake of computer processing power". In a nutshell, a ...
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Are there any database engines which will intuit the join condition based on the existing foreign keys?

It seems strange to me that, when I've defined a foreign key, the engine cannot use this information to automatically figure out the correct JOIN expressions, but instead requires me to re-type the ...