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Crucial Website Wins Two Stevie® Awards
Silver Medal Customer Service Department of the Year
Bronze Medal Computer Hardware Website of the Year
Stevie Award Silver Stevie Award Bronze At the 2012 Stevie Awards, presented by the American Business AssociationSM, won two of the most prestigious awards in the industry: a silver medal for Customer Service Department of the Year and a bronze medal for Computer Hardware Website of the Year. Out of a field of more than 3,000 entries and some outstanding competition, we were honored to be selected for both awards. If you’re looking for a great place to buy a memory, hard drive, or SSD upgrade, you’ve just found the place!, 2001 to 2010
Circle of Excellence Platinum Award
BizRate AwardFor the ninth year in a row,® has recognized Crucial with a Circle of Excellence Platinum Award!
Only the BizRate online retailers with the highest customer ratings over the past year received the special Platinum Award designation. Based on the votes of millions of customers, the award winners, including Crucial, received positive customer feedback for consistently outstanding performance in all seven of the following service metrics: Ease of Finding What You Are Looking For, On-Time Delivery, Overall Satisfaction, Selection of Products, Customer Support, Product Met Expectations, and Repurchase Intent.


Crucial SSD

June 2013 — Hardware Canucks
Award Crucial M500 SSD
Dam Good Value, and Dam Innovative Awards
"Fortunately, while there are faster drives available, there are few which are as well balanced as the M500 480GB. Unless blistering speed is your only priority, then its unique blend of characteristics will make this an excellent choice for a broad range of consumers. If you are in the market for a mega-sized SSD which has neither a budget-busting price tag nor is lacking in performance, the Crucial M500 480GB deserves serious consideration." Full review


May 2013 —
HardOCP Silver Award Crucial M500 SSD
Editor’s Choice Silver Award
"The Crucial M500 looks to bring MLC into a price-competitive position with TLC. This has paid dividends with a very low-priced SSD with decent performance. When comparing the price vs. performance of the M500 against the other top-flight SSDs in our roundup we can see that the M500 easily offers the best bang for the buck at the higher capacities. We caution readers that the 120GB and 240GB SSDs feature markedly lower specifications which buyers will need to take into consideration." Full review


July 2012 — Computing On Demand (C.O.D)
Computing On Demand Gold Award Crucial m4 SSD
Gold Award
"As we see the SSD popularity rise and the HDD's fall, we are getting closer and closer to the mark where SSDs can be as common; they are no longer just for the enthusiast. Crucial is bridging that gap by bringing us an SSD in the form of the M4, which not only performs but is under $1.00 per GB. The drive's performance is unquestionable, and packaging the M4 with a data transfer kit, which makes it much more attractive to those that might be tentative about tinkering too much, is sheer brilliance.

The M4 SSD 128GB delivers on both affordability and performance making it a no brainer." Full review


June 2012 —
Silver Silicon Award Crucial Adrenaline SSC
Silver Silicon Award
"Overall the Adrenaline m4 gets a TECHReaction Silver silicon award for a great product that can vastly improve a user’s desktop experience with SSD speed and HDD data density and reliability, without incurring SSD’s fallibilities." Full review


May 2012 —
Hardcoreware Award Crucial 256GB m4 SSD
Recommended High-End Hardware Award
"So where does that leave the Crucial m4 256GB? In my opinion, it is just as easy to recommend as the Vertex 3, which I loved. So that means it deserves the acclaimed “Recommended High End Hardware” award from HCW!" Full review


May 2012 —
Topreviewshop award Crucial Adrenaline
On Target Award
"I was impressed that I saw no noticeable CPU overhead, and how well the overall HDD performance improved. Even data that was not cached was at least as fast as it was before caching, and later access was significantly faster." Full review


April 2012 — Award Crucial Adrenaline SSC
Awesome Hardware Award
"Overall, I was surprised and very pleased with the results of the Adrenaline. Crucial is marketing it as hassle-free, plug-and-play, near SSD performance and they hit the nail on the head. It could not have been easier to use. No formatting, no partitioning, no worrying about which drive to install programs. Just plug it in and your computer is faster. As far as performance goes, the aim of this drive is to make general everyday computing feel quicker, which it accomplishes. Looking at the numbers in the benchmarks is one thing but when you wake up in the morning and hit the power button on your tower that is when you really feel the difference. Everything is ready to go much faster, programs open significantly quicker, and the system just feels more responsive ... At only $100, there are very few easier or cheaper ways to make such a large performance difference to your computer. I would recommend this drive to anyone who wants to make their existing computer noticeably quicker without the hassles of a small SSD or the price of a larger SSD." Full review


March 2012 — The SSD Review
The SSD Review Award Crucial Adrenaline SSC
Editor’s Choice Award
"The landscape changes significantly with the Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Caching SSD. At $99, the cost for a system facelift is far from prohibitive, installation is quick and easy, there is no need to change your computer landscape whatsoever and NVELO DataPlex will work with any capacity SSD. It is like supercharging your car." Full review


March 2012 — Award Crucial Adrenaline SSC
Outstanding Award
"Licensing issues aside, the NVELO DataPlex software does an excellent job of enhancing system performance without you knowing it’s even there. The Crucial Adrenaline is SSD cache done well and for that it gets our recommendation." Full review


January 2012 — Circuit Remix
Circuit Remix award Crucial m4 SSD
Bronze Award
"Crucial's m4 was also able to rank among the top for many tests. It exhibited consistent performance regardless if data was compressible or not, and if you want a non-Sandforce based drive, it's one of the best options available." Full review


November 2011 — HotHardware
HotHardware Award Crucial 256GB m4 SSD
Recommended Award
" ... Crucial made available a firmware update that significantly changed the performance profile of their M4 SSD ... the Crucial drive offered more consistent performance with all data types, thanks to the characteristics of its Marvell-built controller, which handles highly compressible and non-compressible data similarly". Full review


August 2011 — HCW (
Recommended Mid-Range Hardware Award Crucial m4 SSD
Recommended Mid-Range Hardware Award
"The M4 also did a better job of keeping its performance in our "used drive torture test" but I won't pay much attention to that test, as it doesn't replicate real performance as well. That being said, the M4 won most overall tests that use relatively common levels of compression. That includes 4K IO transfer, and both versions of PCMark." Full review


August 2011 — Tom's Hardware
Tom's Hardware 2011 Recommended Buy Award Crucial 128GB m4 SSD
2011 Recommended Buy Award
"... we're giving our 2011 Recommended Buy award to Crucial's 128 GB m4. This 120/128 GB capacity point continues to be the sweet spot where we believe you're getting the most performance without entirely breaking the bank." Full review


August 2011 — PC World Australia
PC World Australia Editor's Choice Award Crucial 256GB m4 SSD
PC World Australia Editor's Choice Award
"Crucial's m4 256GB solid state drive is a little gem. It can supply very fast read and write transfer rates, and it will noticeably boost the performance of a laptop or desktop PC when it's used as a system drive. Sure, it's quite expensive, but like many famous musicians have proclaimed: "you gotta to pay the cost to be the boss." Full review


July 2011 — Hothardware
Hot Hardware Recommended Award Crucial m4 SSD
Hot Hardware Recommended Award
"As you can see, the Crucial M4 was by far the least expensive drive looking at its cost per GB. If you want a high capacity drive and work with lots of incompressible data, the M4 is a fine choice." Full review


June 2011 — Tweaktown
Tweaktown Best Value Award Crucial m4 SSD
Tweaktown Best Value Award
"The Crucial m4 128GB is a solid buy that will increase your user experience by running your daily tasks quickly...What we learned today is that the Crucial m4 is a real competitor to the SandForce SF-2281 controlled drives with 25nm IMFT flash....What we are left with is a next generation SATA III SSD that is more than fast enough for nearly all users and a very good value when compared to the competition….The Bottom Line: The Crucial m4 128GB is a solid buy that will increase your user experience by running your daily tasks quickly. If you're buying the drive for a desktop don't forget to add a bracket." Full review


May 2011 — The SSD Review
SSD Review Editor's Choice Award Crucial m4 512GB SSD
Editor's Choice Award
"As stated right from the outset, finding this SSD even lower was a huge benefit although, myself, I might be more inclined to purchase directly from Crucial, given that I would want the security of a direct sale and customer support for such a purchase. Considering the cost, performance and reputation, Crucial once again grabs the Editors Choice for the M4 512GB SSD!" Full review


April 2011 — Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award Crucial m4 SSD
Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award
"Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment, and Crucial products have never offered any exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses, but add to this a hard metal shell and you have to wonder what it would take to make this drive fail. If a Crucial m4/Micron RealSSD C400-series SSD product fails during the limited 3-year warranty period, end-users can contact Lexar/Crucial via the company website or SSD support forum. There's also a toll-free telephone number for support or customer service questions available at 800-336-8915." Full review


Crucial RAM

December 2010 — Tom's Hardware
Tom's Hardware 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Selection Crucial 12GB kit DDR3-1333MHz
Tom's Hardware 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Selection

"Your favorite Christmas jingles have at least two verses, so why not follow suit with one of our gift guide recommendations? In November 2009, we effusively bestowed our Best of 2009 award on Crucial's CT2KIT51264BA1339 dual-channel kit…just regular value memory able to go toe-to-toe against some of the premium Ballistix models and easily trounce competing DDR3-1600 offerings." Full review


December 2010 — OverclockersOnline
OverclockersOnline Budget Award Crucial DDR3-1333 4GB kit
Budget Award

"When it comes to computers, going budget doesn’t necessarily mean losing out on performance or getting second-rate gear" Full review


May 2013 —
Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Sport VLP Kits
Recommended Mid-Range Hardware Award
"At 26mm, the Ballistix Tactical LP is lower than just about every other memory module with this speed that we’ve tested.” For the Sport, the reviewer notes, “Compared to the standard height Ballistix Sport modules, the VLP version is just tiny. This leaves plenty of room for even the biggest heatsinks, and accommodates airflow better." Full review


February 2013 — Legit Reviews
Legit Reviews Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP
Recommended Award
"At the end of the day Crucial has come out with a pair of Ballistix memory kits unlike anything else on the market and they perform really well. If you are looking for something that is both low voltage and low profile, both the Ballistix Sport VLP and Ballistix Tactical VLP are pretty much your only choice. It is great to see that a memory company was able to develop some memory kits like this as I do feel there is a desire to own such a kit." Full review


January 2013 — Award Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP
Recommended Award
"The Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit earns the 'Recommended' award. It performs very closely to its more expensive cousin - the Crucial Tactical LP kit, with an even lower profile design." Full review


January 2013 — ProClockers
ProClockers Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 1600MHz 16GB Kit Review
Recommended Award
"The Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP could be the ideal kit for many especially those that need some low profile memory for their build like the SFF we are seeing becoming more and more popular. And for those that are using one of the many humongous coolers we are seeing infest the shelves of our favorite computer warehouse." Full review


January 2013 — TechReaction
TechReaction Award TechReaction Award Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP
Gold Silicon Award and Silicon Crusher Top Marks Award
"For bringing us (the enthusiast community) low profile memory that is lower than the clasps that hold it in, at a decent price, Crucial gets the gold award…. For having the lowest profile memory out there with par performance Crucial wins the silicon crusher award." Full review


October 2012 — BCC Hardware
Silver BCC Award Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit
Recommended Silver Award
"I'm happy to recommend it for anyone with space restraints or looking to use less power while getting the same performance." Full review


November 2012 — BCC Hardware
Silver BCC Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit
Recommended Silver Award
"These are quality modules that I would definitely recommend picking up if you are in need of some RAM. " Full review


October 2012 — BCC Hardware
Silver BCC Award Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866 8GB Kit
Recommended Silver Award
"The Crucial Ballistix Elite series DDR3 PC-3 14900 2x 4GB memory kit performed great. It outperformed the 8GB Corsair memory kit and still has some room to play with ... It ran at its advertised speed without any problems." Full review


October 2012 — Funky Kit
Funky Kit value award Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x4GB 1600MHz Kit
Value Award
"At the bottom line, I can easily recommend this RAM for a general use/gaming computer build." Full review


December 2012 — Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Sport VLP Kits
Editor’s Choice Award and 5 Stars Rating
"As we’ve seen today both Ballistix Tactical LP and Sport VLP perform remarkably well. Both are packed with high density modules and overclock very well….BOTTOM LINE: Perfect fit for just about any setup. They are also low voltage and are great bang for the buck performers." Full review


November 2012 — TechReaction
TechReaction Award Crucial DDR3-1600 CL8 VLP UDIMM Tactical
Gold Silicon Award
" ... we feel this product deserves a Gold as it works as advertized and gives a little bit more in the value added area." Full review


November 2012 — Funky Kit
Funky Kit Recommended Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2x8GB) RAM Kit
Recommended Award
"this has been some fun memory to play with, its ability to hit clocks 50 percent higher than stock is impressive…the low profile nature of this operation means that it should clear even the most style cramping heatsinks out there." Full review


November 2012 — Think Computers
Think Computers Award Think Computers Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit
Recommended Award and 10/10 Score Award
"The 16GB kit that we reviewed today is selling at my favorite online retailer for $84.99. Crucial also backs these modules with a lifetime warranty. Overall Think Computers gives the Crucial Ballistix Tactical Low Profile DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Kit a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award." Full review


April 2012 — Techreaction
Techreaction award Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB Kit
Gold Silicon Award
"The Crucial Ballistix Elite gets a TechREACTION Gold Silicon Award for exceptional quality, performance and features. All backed with Crucial’s customer service and Limited Lifetime Warranty. A truly kick ass product." Full review


October 2011 — Tweaktown
Tweaktown Best Value Award Crucial Ballistix Elite PC3-14900 8GB kit
Tweaktown Best Value Award
"At just over $100, the Crucial Ballistix Elite PC3-14900 8GB kit offers us some strong performance and nice overclocking potential with very little effort at a great price point. The new black on black design looks really sexy as well and suits those dark colored PCBs from companies like ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI." Full review


October 2011 — Tweaktown
Tweaktown Editor's Choice Award Crucial Ballistix Tactical PC3-12800 8GB Kit
Editor's Choice Award
"While only coming in at 1600-MHz DDR, Crucial has shown us that the new tactical series manages to use some special tactics and offer us performance well above its rated speed. As usual, just another great quality kit from Crucial that stands out for all the right reasons." Full review


February 2011 — PureOverclock
PureOverclock Great Hardware Award Crucial Ballistix with Thermal Sensor 4GB kit DDR3-2133MHz
PureOverclock Great Hardware Award

"As we've seen time and again from Crucial, they produce well-designed and well-built memory modules that are solid performers. And these innovative Ballistix thermal modules are another winner." Full review


January 2011 — Legion Hardware
Legion Hardware Supreme Value Award Crucial Ballistix with Thermal Sensor 4GB kit DDR3-1600MHz
Legion Hardware Supreme Value Award

"In a nut shell it is hard to go by the quality of the Crucial Ballistix "BL2KIT25664FN1608" PC3-12800 memory at just $78 US per 4GB kit, and therefore we are going to give it our value award." Full review


January 2011 — Techgage
Techgage Best of CES 2011 Award Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer Memory
Techgage Best of CES 2011 Award

"The Ballistix Tracer series from Crucial has been successful ever since its inception, and we even awarded it a "Best of CES" award two years ago. So what's changed since? Well, instead of offering users a choice between three main colors, the company has combined two colors into a single module, with two different available combinations (red/green and orange/blue), allowing the user to configure them to their liking." Full review


January 2011 — TechArkade
TechArkade Gold Award Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB Kit DDR2-800MHz
TechArkade Gold Award

"This memory is designed for High Performance and Gaming and it holds up to its reputation. It's easy to overclock, even on basic standards." Full review


December 2010 — TweakTown
TweakTown Best Value Award Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan
Best Value Award

"Not only will it offer great results in memory cooling, but it will also kill the huge dead zone left when I went to water cooling." Full review