The Talos Principle

This is a benchmark of The Talos Principle. The test profile assumes you have a Steam account, have Steam installed for the system, and that The Talos Principle can be installed. This automates the process of executing the game and using a standardized time demo.

This test will attempt to install the necessary game using your Steam account. If the test appears hung you may need to manually exit the Steam client.

To run this test with the Phoronix Test Suite, the basic command is: phoronix-test-suite benchmark talos-principle.

Test Created

12 February 2016

Last Updated

13 January 2019

Test Maintainer

Michael Larabel 

Test Type


Average Install Time

27 Seconds

Average Run Time

3 Minutes, 23 Seconds


80k+ Downloads

Supported Platforms

Supported Architectures


Public Result Uploads *Reported Installs **Reported Test Completions **Test Profile Page Views ***OpenBenchmarking.orgEventsThe Talos Principle Popularity Statisticspts/talos-principle2016.022016.052016.082016.112017.022017.052017.082017.112018.022018.052018.082018.112019.022019.052019.082019.112020.022020.052020.082020.112021.022021.052021.082021.112022.022022.052022.082022.112023.022023.052023.082023.112024.022024.0512002400360048006000
* Uploading of benchmark result data to is always optional (opt-in) via the Phoronix Test Suite for users wishing to share their results publicly.
** Data based on those opting to upload their test results to and users enabling the opt-in anonymous statistics reporting while running benchmarks from an Internet-connected platform.
*** Test profile page view reporting began March 2021.
Data updated weekly as of 15 June 2024.
Vulkan76.1%OpenGL23.9%Renderer Option
2560 x 144010.1%3840 x 216063.0%1920 x 108027.0%Resolution Option

Revision History

pts/talos-principle-1.2.1   [View Source]   Sun, 13 Jan 2019 13:18:52 GMT
Fix resolution handling due to upstream game change -

pts/talos-principle-1.2.0   [View Source]   Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:55:22 GMT
Always use the Talos Principle x64 binaries

pts/talos-principle-1.1.1   [View Source]   Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:36:40 GMT
Always make sure run.txt file is removed to avoid possible safe mode prompt

pts/talos-principle-1.1.0   [View Source]   Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:44:43 GMT
Fixes and other improvements plus optional Vulkan

pts/talos-principle-1.0.1   [View Source]   Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:35:33 GMT
Minor fix to not delete the Lua script after running.

pts/talos-principle-1.0.0   [View Source]   Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:23:35 GMT
Initial commit.

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Performance Metrics

Analyze Test Configuration:

The Talos Principle

Renderer: Vulkan - Resolution: 3840 x 2160 metrics for this test profile configuration based on 362 public results since 22 January 2019 with the latest data as of 11 February 2023.

Below is an overview of the generalized performance for components where there is sufficient statistically significant data based upon user-uploaded results. It is important to keep in mind particularly in the Linux/open-source space there can be vastly different OS configurations, with this overview intended to offer just general guidance as to the performance expectations.

Percentile Rank
# Compatible Public Results
Frames Per Second (Average)
211 +/- 14
204 +/- 4
184 +/- 16
< 164
137 +/- 2
86 +/- 3
< 85
79 +/- 1
74 +/- 2
68 +/- 5
OpenBenchmarking.orgDistribution Of Public Results - Renderer: Vulkan - Resolution: 3840 x 2160362 Results Range From 11 To 382 Frames Per Second11304968871061251441631822012202392582772963153343533723911530456075

Based on data, the selected test / test configuration (The Talos Principle - Renderer: Vulkan - Resolution: 3840 x 2160) has an average run-time of 5 minutes. By default this test profile is set to run at least 3 times but may increase if the standard deviation exceeds pre-defined defaults or other calculations deem additional runs necessary for greater statistical accuracy of the result.

OpenBenchmarking.orgMinutesTime Required To Complete BenchmarkRenderer: Vulkan - Resolution: 3840 x 2160Run-Time48121620Min: 2 / Avg: 4.1 / Max: 14

Based on public results, the selected test / test configuration has an average standard deviation of 0.8%.

OpenBenchmarking.orgPercent, Fewer Is BetterAverage Deviation Between RunsRenderer: Vulkan - Resolution: 3840 x 2160Deviation3691215Min: 0 / Avg: 0.81 / Max: 9

Tested CPU Architectures

This benchmark has been successfully tested on the below mentioned architectures. The CPU architectures listed is where successful result uploads occurred, namely for helping to determine if a given test is compatible with various alternative CPU architectures.

CPU Architecture
Kernel Identifier
Verified On
Intel / AMD x86 64-bit
(Many Processors)

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