• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

What are the third parties?

Dec 2, 2009
3,257 (1.10/day)
System Name Mercury KM-81
Processor Phenom II x4 B50
Motherboard ASUS M4A89GTD PRO
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Memory 6GB Ram (4GBx1 Corsair 2GBx1 Nanya)
Video Card(s) PowerColor AX6770 V2.0
Storage 2TB WD Black, 1TB Hitachi, 500 GB WD Blue
Display(s) Philips 247E-LPH 24" 1920x1080
Case Mercury
Audio Device(s) Integrated Realtek
Power Supply Corsair 750TX
Software Windows 7 64-bit
Benchmark Scores Maybe it is time to benchmark :D
Hello guys,
I have heard of these third parties, but i cannot really understand why they are called like this.
Are there any first or second parties???
Dec 27, 2007
8,506 (2.31/day)
Kansas City
System Name The Dove Box Rev 2.0
Processor I7 5930k
Motherboard Asus X99
Cooling Custom water loop
Memory 4 x 4GB 3000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) 2x MSI 780 Ti's in SLI
Storage 500GB Samsung 850 PCIe SSD, 2x1TB WD Blacks, 1.2TB NAS
Display(s) 27" Asus 144Hz
Case Enermax Fulmo GT
Audio Device(s) ON BOARD FTW
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Keyboard Logitech G510
Software Win 10 64x
Essentially the manufacture is the 1st party and then if anyone develops something based on the original design/chip/board then they are considered 3rd party.


I buy a new mp3 player. It runs fine with it's bundled software, but I want to run my own organizational software to load the mp3 player. Using my own software is considered 3rd party software.

Or better yet, 3rd party is unaffiliated with the manufacture.


New Member
Sep 29, 2009
145 (0.05/day)
point roberts, wa
1st party is the original manufacturer(eg Nvidia), 2nd party are the guys who does some improvements but still working/blueprint according to the original manufactures(eg EVGA, BFG), 3rd party are the guys who do "parts/modifications" without much consent from the original manufactures(eg Arctic Cooling, Zalman, Termalteke)