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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_phpCGIsuPHPFastCGI
Memory usageLowLowLowHigh
CPU UsageLowHighHighLow
SecurityLowLowHighHigh
Run as file ownerNoNoYesYes
Overall PerformanceFastSlowSlowFast