PHP is one of the most popular programming languages for web applications backend development. In order to quickly develop an application, many companies have created their own frameworks. Today, there are hundreds of frameworks in PHP, but all are not equally popular. Only a few of them stand on top of the most popular frameworks (Zend, Codeigniter, Yii, CakePHP, Symfony, Laravel). Each of these frameworks has its own advantage over others, some are faster in database operations, other are better in security, or allow rapid application development. The choice of which framework will be used for development depends from application needs. One of the most important aspects when we are choosing framework is speed, no one wants to wait long for loading some web page. Even Google have clearly stated that all those sites which needs more than 2 seconds to load will be rated negative. In this article we elaborated three of the most used PHP frameworks (Yii, Zend and Codeigniter) and we test them how quickly will retrieve data from database.