Ahhh, the Cossacks series. For strategy gamers kicking about over the turn of the century it no doubt holds a fond place in their hearts. It certainly does mine, although I doubt time has been kind. After more than a decade away it's back though with Cossacks 3. Similar in style to the classic Age of Empires games, Cossacks 3 is all about base building, resource gathering, and, most importantly, epic battles. Players have thousands of units at their fingertips, with Cossacks 3 placing the emphasis on Total War-style unit formations and terrain height advantages. It's out in September, but before you stride into battle see if your gaming PC is up to the task with the official Cossacks 3 system requirements.

Cossacks 3 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce 8800 GTS or AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
  • HDD: 4 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c

Cossacks 3 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD HD 6870
  • HDD: 6 GB available space

There's nothing quite like a real-time strategy game to make your computer feel like a beast. Despite battles involving potentially thousands of on-screen units, the system requirements remain mercifully low. In fact, the minimum system requirements for Cossacks 3 point towards practically any PC from the last decade being capable of running it. That does come with a caveat though - minimum requirements are good for 1024 x 768 resolution, for all you square monitored loons out there.

Really just about everything there required to run Cossacks 3 is just about as low as you're getting to get in this day and age. Skirt the minimum requirements and it may start looking like Cossacks 2 at that point, but you're not going to miss out on all the strategic action.

In comparison the recommended requirements to play Cossacks 3 are a huge leap up, but by today's standards not an issue for most. A decent quad-core processor and a mid-tier 4-year-old graphics card is only really necessary if you want to crank up every setting to the max at 1080p. With that in mind it looks as if there's going to be plenty of scalable options to get Cossacks 3 working on a wide variety of systems.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Cossacks 3 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Cossacks 3 benchmark chart.