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, LM16 Mate 64-bit
Debian Xfce 64-bit, Xubuntu 13.10 64-bit, Xubuntu Trusty Tahr 64-bit, Antergos Xfce 64-bit, PCLinuxOS LXDE 64-bit