I’m thinking about buying a new workstation for Maya 2011. I’m looking at either a 2010 Mac Pro 6-core 3.33GHz/ATI Radeon 5870, or a 2010 Mac Pro 12-core 2.93GHz/ATI Radeon 5870. I’ve been told by Autodesk tech support that although Maya will see all the cores, that its not guaranteed that it will use them, and use them efficiently for rendering. They said that Maya 2011 isn’t optimized for processors more than 4-cores. I just started using Maya last year on OS X, and I find it absurd how slow Autodesk qualifies new hardware and operating systems, not allowing professionals to take advantage of the latest technology that can save a ton of precious rendering time. Has anyone pulled the trigger and purchased a new 2010 Mac Pro for use with Maya 2009-2011? If so, which Mac Pro, and what configuration did you get and Why? What version of Maya are you running? Are you having any problems running Maya, bugs? I was also wondering, if your using a Mac Pro, what graphics card are you using and Why? And, what kind of problems are you having with your particular graphics card when working in Maya? I realize that the selection of OS X compatible graphics cards, especially workstation cards, is very sad. I wish Autodesk, Nvidia, ATI (AMD), and Apple would work harder and more closely in order to provide better workstation graphics cards for running Maya. Also, if your using a Mac Pro to run Maya, how much memory do have installed and Why? Have you seen any patterns in efficiency with regards to speed or slowness in terms of rendering? have you found a memory “sweet spot”? from speaking to Autodesk technical support, i’ve found that on the OS X side of things, they have no concrete advice in terms of how much memory is ideal for Maya when working in the viewports or when rendering. after many conversations with Autodesk, i’d be very surprised if they spend any time at all optimizing Maya for OS X and apple hardware. very sad knowing you just spent $6000 for software that is suppose to be optimized for OS X and apple hardware.