No, they're connected to an audio interface. The one I'm currently using is a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP.
They're not the best sounding studio monitors for listening to music, but very good for mixing and analyzing your sound. I have a set of cheap Mackie monitors I like to use to listen to music over the much more expensive Yamahas.
Thunderbolt works properly for Mac, but support for the 10XX series is still not existent. Not sure if it'll ever happen.. Nvidia doesn't really have an obligation to support it on macOS. I'm hopeful however. The integrated graphics works but it's annoying having two sets of monitor cables.. I only boot into it if I need to use Xcode.
I'm doing most of my development work on Linux these days and Windows using the new Linux Subsystem feature in Windows. Surprisingly, the Bash on Windows feature works really well, at least on the Windows Insider builds.. which is due to be finalized Spring 2017. I'm able to develop with Node.js, Rails, and PHP with no issues using Bash on Windows. I'm on the slow ring for Insider builds, and it's been pretty smooth on build 14986. If you have no need for Xcode, developing on Windows is pretty sufficient right now.
Haha, I look for deals on eBay. I use Gixen.com and snipe items at the last few seconds. What I do is I find a bunch of auctions and put it in a list on gixen, and gixen does the work for me. It'll try to snipe every auction at a certain price, and once it wins one it stops.
It's a battery backup, UPS.
Ah, good point. There may be some app compatibility issues. I haven't ran into any personally as I mainly use Sierra for Xcode and some web development. If you do find a way to disable a card and have it run at 16x do let me know. I have a GTX 680 laying around that works perfectly with OS X, I just don't want to sacrifice any of the performance of the 1070 for when I game in Windows, however minimal the performance hit will be.
I also feel as though the 10-series cards wont get a driver for macOS anytime soon. It's not a priority for Nvidia nor are they really required to release one as no official Apple device uses a Pascal-based graphics card. I'm just hoping that they release a web driver like they did with the 9-series Maxwell cards.
I'd hold off if possible, since Kaby Lake is scheduled to release Q1 and prices on the 10-series cards may possibly drop if the rumored 1080 Ti is announced.
That's some nice cable management and +1 for the clear coolant. Clean!
I have macOS Sierra running perfectly, except for the display portion of it. It is somewhat bearable, performance on the Intel HD 530, but as I've mentioned, the glitch/flickering on the top left of the screen does get annoying. I don't know if any Z170 board can support up to three displays though.
I would wait until the 10XX series drivers become available or wait for the Intel HD530 issues to be ironed out in an OS update. It may work well in El Capitan, as from what I've read in hackintosh forums is that the issue is related to Sierra only.
One option is to connect an older NVIDIA card (6, 7, 8, or 9-series) to the first PCI-E slot and use the 10XX series card in the second PCI-E slot. This will limit the bandwidth of both lanes to 8X, but from what I've researched, the performance hit is negligible. It's also somewhat messy as you'll need two sets of cables running to your three monitors.. but it'll work.
If you use an older card such as a 980 Ti, you'll have an experience like as if it was purchased from Apple. The 10XX series card is the only thing holding my setup back from being the perfect hackintosh machine.