This problem still exists in 16.04 64-bit as well, and has been around
for about 7 years

This is a serious mark against switching to Linux, the mount -t cifs
option is nice for power users, but not for not so much tech-savy users.

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  gvfs smb / cifs file copy performance is terribly slow

Status in gvfs package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Copying moderate-size files to a samba share using gvfs is
  ridiculously slow compared to doing the same via mount.cifs.  For

  $ ls -sh testfile
  1.2G testfile
  $ time cp testfile ~/mnt/share-gvfs/
  real  2m37.053s
  user  0m0.056s
  sys   0m5.120s
  $ time cp testfile ~/mnt/share/
  real  0m26.134s
  user  0m0.004s
  sys   0m1.724s

  I'm running Xubuntu 13.04 (raring) amd64, gvfs 1.16.1-0ubuntu1.1.

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