Legendary and iconic PC storage brand Plextor is no more, with owner KIOXIA retiring the name

It's the end of an era as long-running PC storage brand Plextor, a name that goes all the way back to the CD-ROM era, is being retired by KIOXIA.

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If you've been building PCs, upgrading hardware, or consider yourself a veteran PC enthusiast, you'd undoubtedly have heard of Plextor. Or, more likely, you've used a Plextor drive at one time or another. The company was known by many for creating quality CD and DVD drives before pivoting to SSDs. For me, my very first beige-colored gaming PC from the 1990s had a Plextor CD-ROM burner.

After three decades in the PC hardware business, KIOXIA is retiring the Plextor brand.

After three decades in the PC hardware business, KIOXIA is retiring the Plextor brand.

With such a storied history and one that is built on performance and quality in the CD and DVD-ROM era, the news that Plextor is being shut down is a little 'sad face emoji.' Well, not exactly shut, as reports indicate that Plextor brand owner KIOXIA is simply retiring the name and will continue to release Plextor SSD products with its Solid State Storage Technology (SSSTC) branding.

The transition is underway; the official Plextor website now redirects visitors to SSSTC.com. At the end of the day, we're talking about a name change, but for veteran PC gamers, Plextor has a lot more weight than the generic Solid State Storage Technology branding.

But don't expect more client or gaming products, as SSTC focuses on SSD solutions for enterprise, data center, and industrial applications. KIOXIA acquired Plextor as part of Lite-On's SSD division back in 2019. However, with the rise of PCIe Gen 4 and Gen5 solutions, Plextor SSDs struggled to keep up with emerging technologies in recent years.

As controllers from Phison became the norm for high-performance SSD solutions, Plextor sticking with Marvell controllers proved to be its downfall. And with KIOXIA now pulling the plug on Plextor, there won't be any new release with the branding - though existing Plextor SSD owners will continue to receive warranty support and services.

The writing may have been on the wall, and it's been decades since optical media was still a thing for PCs, but it's still the end of an era.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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