Recommended Hardware for 3DS Max and Maya (i9)

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Overview of Recommended Hardware for 3DS Max and Maya (i9)

This i9 Animation Workstation is built around the i9-13900K with an RTX 4070Ti Super 16GB video card. This combination provides a very powerful overall solution for applications such as 3DS Max, Maya, Blender, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Nuke, and ZBrush.

If your workflow benefits from a professional-grade GPU, we recommend the RTX 4000 ADA 20GB.

If you need more than 192GB of RAM, we recommend a build based on Threadripper 7000, as it supports ECC memory. 384GB is the highest we can go on Threadripper non-Pro, without resorting to EXTREMELY expensive 128GB or 256GB DIMMs. 768GB is the highest we can normally go on Threadripper Pro, for the same reasons. 2.25TB is the highest we can go on dual-EPYC, for the same reasons.

i9 Animation Workstation Limitations

This platform is currently limited to 32 threads, 1 GPU, and 192GB of memory. Please let us know if you need a more robust platform.

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i9 Animation Workstation

This workstation is designed for use in 3DS Max and Maya. This system uses a 16-core i7-13700K CPU, 32GB DDR5 RAM, 1.5TB NVME, and an RTX 3070Ti 8GB video card.


Design of Recommended Hardware for 3DS Max and Maya (i9)

Processor: Intel i9-13900K

  • High single-core and multi-core performance in several applications
  • Relatively cheap for the performance

CPU Cooler: Phanteks Glacier One 360

  • Powerful enough to handle the CPU under full load
  • Built to run quiet even under full load

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX

  • High build quality and excellent power delivery
  • Support for 1 GPU
  • Support for multiple M2 NVME drives, up to 192GB of memory
  • Simple visual design

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 2x48GB DDR5-6000

  • 2x48GB DDR5-6000 for maximum expansion

Storage: Kingston Fury Renegade 1TB (OS+Programs) + Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB (Main)

  • High capacity, speed, and reliability

Video Card: PNY GeForce RTX 4070Ti 16GB VERTO OC

  • Rendering performance
  • Single-GPU cooling performance
  • Long-term stability

Case: Be Quiet Shadow Base 800

  • High build quality
  • Incredible amount of cooling potential

Fans: 6x Phanteks F120T30

  • High build quality
  • Sufficient airflow for stable operation under full load

Power Supply: Be Quiet Straight Power 12 1200W

  • Solid build quality, capacity, and efficiency

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