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Crucial Awards

Crucial website Circle of Excellence

2001 - 2014 —

Circle of Excellence Platinum Award

For the 14th 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.

Stevie Award Silver Stevie Award Bronze

2012 — Wins Two Stevie® Awards

Silver Medal: Customer Service Department of the Year

Bronze Medal: Computer Hardware Website of the Year

At the 2012 Stevie Awards, presented by the American Business Association, 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!

Crucial SSD

Elite Gaming Computers Award

August 2014 – Elite Gaming Computers

Crucial MX100 SSD - Strong Choice, Price to Performance Award

"Overall, the Crucial MX100 256GB SSD is a very solid unit. There is a lot to like about this drive. Not only is Crucial leading the way in competitive pricing, but they also deliver a product that delivers good performance." Full review

CPC Certified Awesome Award

August 2014 – Custom PC Review

Crucial 512GB MX100 SSD - CPC Certified Awesome Award

"The mainstream segment is really about price and reliability rather than performance, and Crucial has always done a great job meeting the needs of this segment. That said, Crucial has still done a commendable job optimizing the MX100 for high burst performance and quick recovery, which is generally what you'd see in typical client workloads. As for the difference between the 512GB and 256GB drives, you get better random and sequential writes, which is worth the upgrade for anyone who can afford to go with the 512GB capacity drive…Overall the Crucial MX100 is the hands down one of the best drive on the market for those looking for an entry level SSD. For those who can afford to splurge, the 512GB capacity is definitely the way to go." Full review

FunkyKit Award

July 2014 – FunkyKit

Crucial MX100 SSD - Recommended Award

"As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, the Crucial MX100 is backed by the same quality and innovation that has produced some of the world's most advanced memory and storage technologies. With over a thousand hours prerelease validation testing and hundreds of SSD qualification tests, the Crucial MX100 has been thoroughly tried, tested, and proven. Make the switch to the Crucial MX100 SSD and start outlasting and outperforming your hard drive." Full review

Golden Tachometer Award

June 2014 – Benchmark Reviews

Crucial MX100 SSD - Golden Tachometer Award

"If performance is all you look for from a solid state drive, then you'll certainly find plenty of it in the Crucial MX100 series. Unfortunately, keeping a narrow focus on specification ratings will cause you to miss the bigger picture. Sure, the Crucial MX100 uses native write acceleration instead of compression and is among the fastest SSDs, but it also delivers the industry's least expensive price per gigabyte among solid-state storage devices. Micron has forcefully pushed Crucial SSDs into the limelight by offering ultra-fast SSDs for nearly $0.43/GB, bringing their mainstream 512GB Crucial MX100 down to budget-level pricing. Competitively earning recognition for solid performance and value, the Crucial MX100 continues to impress with hardware features that set the series apart." Full review

Anandtech Recommended Award

June 2014 – Anandtech

Crucial MX100 SSD - Recommended Award

"With the performance and feature set, combined with pricing that basically doubles the amount of storage you get for your dollar, it's an absolute no-brainer. Unless you are an enthusiast or professional with a heavy IO workload, the MX100 is currently the drive with the best bang for the buck in the market by far." Full review

CPC Certified Awesome Award

June 2014 – Custom PC Review

Crucial MX100 SSD - CPC Certified Awesome Award

"Crucial's bread and butter SSDs has always been feature rich, reliable and budget friendly, and the Crucial MX100 hits on all these points with flying colors." Full review

Hot Hardware Award

June 2014 – Hot Hardware

Crucial MX100 SSD - Recommended Award

"Crucial's new MX100 series of solid state drives performed very well throughout our entire battery of tests. Both of the drives competed very well in Read tests, finishing near the top of the charts in virtually every benchmark." Full review

PC Perspective

June 2014 – PC Perspective

Crucial MX100 SSD - Gold PC Perspective Award

"The Crucial MX100 offers competitive performance at an extremely competitive price point, especially for budget minded users in need of a larger capacity SSD." Full review

Top Value Award

June 2014 – The SSD Review

Crucial MX100 SSD - Top Value Award

"The Crucial MX100 is a great step forward in the consumer SSD market. We support purchase of the M550 with our Top Value award. It is riddled with so many data integrity features and such impressive performance for the low MSRP, it really deserves it." Full review

Tech Report Recommended

June 2014 – The Tech Report

Crucial MX100 SSD - Editor's Choice Award / Tech Report Recommended

"Most of the top SSDs are clustered in a relatively narrow performance band. The MX100 512GB is fast enough to keep up with that group, and its low cost per gig lands the drive in a particularly enviable position on our plots." Full review

Recommended Solid Performance Award

May 2014 –

Crucial M550 SSD - Recommended Solid Performance Award

"With the M550, it looks like Crucial has an SSD that is worthy of consideration against even the most modern drives in the 240-256 GB range. Whether using synthetic or real world benchmarks, the M550 always performed at or near the top of our charts. This is especially impressive against much more expensive drives." Full review

CPC Certified Awesome Award

April 2014 – Custom PC Review

Crucial M550 SSD - CPC Certified Awesome Award

"Crucial's SSD product lines have always been conservative in performance in favor of rock solid reliability. Overall, Crucial's M550 is a fantastic addition to their SSD product portfolio and if you're looking for a decent performing, inexpensive, rock solid reliable SSD, you'll definitely want to take a look at the Crucial M550." Full review

Hardware Canucks award

April 2014 – Hardware Canucks

Crucial M550 SSD: Dam Good, Dam Innovative, and Dam Good Value Awards

"This is one of the only SSDs in the last four years which deserves our rare trifecta of awards. It is worth every penny." Full review

Golden Tachometer Award

March 2014 – Benchmark Reviews

Crucial M550 SSD - Golden Tachometer Award

"If performance is all you look for from a solid state drive, then you'll certainly find plenty of it in the Crucial M550 series." Full review

Benchmark Reviews awards

March 2014 – Benchmark Reviews

Crucial M550 SSD: Golden Tachometer Award

"Competitively securing recognition for performance and value, the Crucial M550 continues to impress with hardware features that set the series apart." Full review

Gold seal award

March 2014 – SSD Review

Crucial M550 SSD: Gold Seal of Approval Award

"Crucial introduces their M550 SSD as being much higher performing than their previous M500 Series and even higher performing than many present upper tier SSDs. The M550 increases available storage in all standard SSD capacities, is available in 2.5", mSATA and M.2 form factors and at a very competitive price point." Full review

Tech gold season award

March 2014 – Technology X

Crucial M550 SSD: Technology X Gold Seal Award

"On a consumer level, the Crucial M550 SSD is truly a premium solid state drive ... Not only does the drive feature premium components, but it also is accompanied by consistent performance, a wide array of encryption, and also a great price point." Full review

Tech report award

March 2014 – Tech Report

Crucial M550 SSD: Editor's Choice Award

"Spending more on the M550 buys extra capacity, better all-around performance, and a big reduction in the number of extremely long service times logged by our long-term test of real-world I/O. That's worth the premium for me." Full review

Dam Good Award

June 2013 — Hardware Canucks

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

HardOCP Silver Award

May 2013 —

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

Computing On Demand Gold Award

July 2012 — Computing On Demand (C.O.D)

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

Hardcoreware Award

May 2012 —

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


FunkyKit award

Oct 2014 – FunkyKit

Crucial 2133MHz DDR4 - Recommended Award

"The Crucial DDR4-2133 CL15 is a memory for the most demanding users who decided to buy Intel X99 platform. There is only one chipset which is supporting DDR4 which is not cheap so it is hard to recommend DDR4 memory to everyone. For sure all of the enthusiasts and over clockers will be satisfied with the performance and overclocking potential which is offered in this Crucial DDR4-2133 kit. When we combine it with a reasonable price then we receive pretty good product which is hard to beat on the current market." Full review

Oct 2014 – TweakTown

Oct 2014 – TweakTown

Crucial 2133MHz DDR4 - Editor's Choice Award

"Crucial's 16GB DDR4-2133 1.2v DRx4 RDIMM memory kits provide top performance in many different configurations/capacities, and has excellent performance across different platforms." Full review

Pro-Clockers award

July 2014 – Pro-Clockers

Crucial 2133MHz DDR4 - Recommended and Best Value Awards

"This kit is the least expensive of all of Crucial's 32GB DDR4 kits. By offering a speed of 2133MHz and forgoing the heatspreaders found on most enthusiasts kits, they were able to keep the cost down. This price is very good for DDR4. There are 16GB enthusiast kits approaching this price point. Like all of Crucial's memory, they feature a lifetime warranty. I think they certainly deserve a best buy." Full review

Hardcoreware Award

May 2013 —

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

Legit Reviews Award

February 2013 — Legit Reviews

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 Award

January 2013 —

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

ProClockers Award

January 2013 — ProClockers

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

TechReaction Award Silicon Crusher Award

January 2013 — TechReaction

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 Award

December 2012 —

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

TechReaction Award

November 2012 — TechReaction

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

Funky Kit Recommended

November 2012 — Funky Kit

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

Think Computers Award Think Computers Award

November 2012 — Think Computers

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

Silver BCC Award

October 2012 — BCC Hardware

Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit: Recommended Silver Award

Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit: Recommended Silver Award

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866 8GB 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

"These are quality modules that I would definitely recommend picking up if you are in need of some RAM. " Full review

"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

Funky Kit value award

October 2012 — Funky Kit

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