It depends on what you expect from the video driver. Hardware acceleration actually works faster/better for Steam games, and GNOME/Cinnamon desktops; nouveau works better on Xfce/LXDE and apps not requiring hardware graphics acceleration. Some apps and desktops there is little difference. It also depends on which video card you have.
LMDE Mate 64-bit, LM17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit
Debian Mate 64-bit, Xubuntu xenial 64-bit, Ubuntu-Mate 14.04 64-bit, Antergos Xfce 64-bit, PCLinuxOS Mate 64-bit