Maverick has been built from its inception to run on Nvidia CUDA cards. Which means that you need a Nvidia GPU in order to run Maverick.
A modern GPU (e.g., GeForce 10xx/20xx/30xx/40xx, or Quadro equivalent, or newer) is strongly recommended for an optimal experience.
GPU-accelerated physical simulation is the area in which we have specialized, and you can expect a tremendous performance leap (x5-10 per GPU) if you compare Maverick to a classic CPU-only product viz renderer in a machine with a medium to high-end GPU/CPU.
We have been developing GPU-accelerated software for over a decade, and for this reason GPU support in Maverick is not an afterthought like in other software solutions, but a foundation that drives every aspect of our software architecture.