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There are 4 major PHP Handlers to choose from when using Apache.

So which is best?

Unless of course  you have limited ram or memory for it there really isn’t any reason not to run FastCGI in this day and age.

In cases where memory is restricted however the choice may come down to security vs performance.

Here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide.

mod_php CGI suPHP FastCGI
Memory usage Low Low Low High
CPU Usage Low High High Low
Security Low Low High High
Run as file owner No No Yes Yes
Overall Performance Fast Slow Slow Fast