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The SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 benchmark

The SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 benchmark, released on September 27, 2017, is all-new performance evaluation software for systems running Autodesk Maya 2017 3D animation software.

The benchmark includes nearly 80 individual tests that reflect the processes used to model, animate and render scenes within the application. Composite scores are provided for CPU, GPU interactive, GPU animation and GPGPU performance. There is an option to run the benchmark at 4K resolution.

The SPECapc project group developed the benchmark in cooperation with Autodesk, which supplied seven new graphics models and scenes. The following workloads are included within the SPECapc for Maya 2017 benchmark:

  • Sven animation – 10 copies of a character model, rigged for animation.
  • Tiger – A 1.3-gigabyte realistically rendered tiger model.
  • Bifrost bridge fall – A Bifrost simulation of a bridge falling into water.
  • Sven space crash – A Bifrost simulation of a spaceship crashing into water.
  • Sven textured model – A textured character model that measures retesselation performance.
  • Sven space animation – An action-scene animation featuring the Sven character.
  • Jungle escape – Another action-scene animation featuring the Sven character.
  • Toy store – A walkthrough of a city scene.


The SPECapc for Maya 2017 benchmark is available for immediate download. It is free for everyone but sellers of computers and related products who are not members of SPEC/GWPG; these vendors are required to purchase a $2,500 vendor license.

Running the benchmark

The benchmark can be used by Maya 2017 customers to guide purchasing and configuration decisions, and by hardware vendors to optimize performance for systems running Maya 2017. It is supported on Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10 64-bit platforms. Users must have a licensed or trial copy of Maya 2017 Update 4 to run the benchmark.

SPECapc run rules

SPECapc for Maya 2017 results