Is MySQL 5.6 slower than MySQL 5.5? No, it's faster

MySQL 5.6 is believed to be the best MySQL release ever. In order to find out if it is true or not I ran some benchmarks and I am going to share the results with you in this tutorial. Please note that I only tested with default settings (in both cases) and using sysbench as a benchmarking tool, so its a pretty basic test. I highly recommend that you test on your particular workload before upgrading and share your results.