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MySQL vs. PostgreSQL: Which is faster?

An expert tackles the issue of speed and whether PostgreSQL or MySQL is faster.

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I've heard it said that MySQL is faster than PostgreSQL. Is that true?

It's easy to find benchmarks that favor one database over another, depending on the hardware, the configuration and the test. One database might do better on a single-core machine with little memory, while another can take better advantage of scaling to multiple core processors. One might lead on reads while another leads on writes.

This was first published in April 2007

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