Autodesk Maya® is a complex 3D animation, modeling, VFX software with specific workflows, so there isn't a one size fits all solution. The tasks you perform most will influence your optimal hardware configuration.

Maya provides a fast, creative, integrated, and powerful toolset for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation. Used on high profile productions like Game of Thrones, Kong: Skull Island, and Blade Runner 2049, Maya is more responsive than ever before, providing multiple enhancements to existing workflows and new tools. With its rich feature set, you need a Maya workstation purpose-built to suit your particular workflow.

3D Modeling

A single-threaded task within Maya, 3D modeling is the process of building up meshes, extruding polygons, and manipulating vertices. If you primarily use Maya for modeling, then don’t waste money on a dual CPU workstation with dozens of CPU cores. Those extra CPU cores won’t provide any benefit. 3D modeling only takes advantage of one processing core, so a single CPU Maya workstation like the professionally overclocked BOXX APEXX S3 will work much better and provide maximum ROI for your modeling budget.


3D animation has many similarities to a 3D modeling centric workflow as both are single-threaded tasks. And (like 3D modeling) if animation is your primary task, multiple CPU cores will be of little use. These types of tasks are “frequency bound” meaning software performance is tied to the frequency of the CPU. A 3ds Max computer workstation with a high CPU clock speed is ideal for animation workflows, so BOXX recommends the single socket, professionally overclocked APEXX S3 or APEXX X3.


Unlike 3D modeling and animation, rendering your 3D assets is a highly multi-threaded process, so the more CPU cores you have in your system, the better. Rendering is also computationally intensive, so it should be offloaded. The purpose of a Maya workstation is to create and maintain productivity, which comes to a halt when you tie up your system with rendering final frame animation sequences. BOXX offers unique, dedicated, rendering solutions like renderBOXX, or if you rely on GPU rendering, the APEXX D8R with support for up to eight full- size GPUs.

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