[Multiple updates: I've added results for concurrencies of 1 and 10, results on bare metal vs. VMware instances, tested Drupal 8 vs Drupal 7 vs Wordpress 4.4, and I've also retested every single benchmark at least twice! Please make sure you're read through the entire post prior to contesting these benchmark results!] tl;dr: Always test your own application, and trust, but verify every benchmark you see. PHP 7 is actually faster than HHVM in many cases, neck-in-neck in others, and slightly slower in others. Both PHP 7 and HHVM blow PHP Skip to benchmark results: Introduction and Methodology As PHP 7 became a reality through this past year, there were scores of benchmarks pitting PHP 7 against 5.6 and HHVM using applications and frameworks like Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, Laravel, October, etc. One benchmark that really stood out to me (in that it seemed so wrong for Drupal, based on my experience) was The Definitive PHP 7.0 & HHVM Benchmark from Kinsta. Naming a benchmark that way certainly makes the general PHP populace take it seriously! The results are pretty damning for PHP 7: In the comments on that post, Thomas Svenson mentioned: Standard installation for Drupal 8 has cache on
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