SSD exhibits slower than expected read/write performance

Factors to check when reviewing performance on SSDs


Many factors can affect performance results. Provided below are a few factors to check.

  • Depending on the system configuration, some platforms share bandwidth across storage connectors. Confirm the drive is using the optimal connection and BIOS settings for best performance options by referencing the system user manual.
  • Make sure you have the latest SSD firmware.
  • The Solidigm™ Storage Tool provides options for some drives to improve performance.
    • Download the application. Solidigm™ Storage Tool.
    • Under the Select a Feature drop down, there may be options including SSD Optimizer (TRIM) and Performance Booster.
      NoteBoth of these features have specific requirements for support and may not be available on all products.
    • There is also an option to run a Diagnostic Scan. A full scan should be done to make sure the product is in a healthy state. See SST User Guide for more details.
  • Some PCIe* NVMe* drives have an Evaluation Guide that defines the proper system settings for benchmarking. Check the support site .(If available, this will be under the Maintenance & Performance subsection under your product).
  • Formatting the disk can help recover performance in some cases.
    NoteAlways back up data regularly and before proceeding as this process removes all data from the drive.
    When to Run a Low-Level Format or Secure Erase on Solidigm™ (formerly Intel®) Solid State Drives and Tools to Use


If this did not resolve the issue, contact Solidigm™ Customer Support and provide the following details:

  1. Details about the issue being experienced and what you have already tried.
  2. System details.

Contact Solidigm™ Customer Support

SSD exhibits slower than expected read/write performance