I dont use that software, I did not even know that there is a linux version of maya

I am using that card at my home-pc there I maybe develop some stuff or even make a 3d game (canta-game.org) that works with that driver so there is no problem. If you need more speed for working buy a nvidia card. For proffessional stuff its legitim to make compromisses in my opinion, because if you hunger to death you dont have very much of your more on freedom.