Well for me there was not much to do to get this thing going as the Hornet came with my CPU already installed so adding memory and the drives was all I had to do other than the software and programming and then I was up and going ready to rock and roll. This thing does have some issues with ergonomics, such as the tray removal which is a bit rough, and the fact that the top is non-removable (Monarch says all units currently shipping will have a removable top), which I felt was a major hindrance when trying to work within the Hornet without removing the tray. We tested the Hornet fully closed and with all bays filled with drives just like most users would in real world usage for accuracy.
I tested this system the same as our motherboards tests, these tests included a 72HR burn-in period to test the unit's stability and to see if any serious heat issues would arise while running the Hornet in a continuous load cycle. In essence this section of the review is more about the parts inside the unit as the Hornet itself is just an enclosure of pretty good design. The Hornet can be used with a fairly large variety of boards so personal choice is available if you happen to prefer ASUS over Shuttle and so forth. At the end of the testing we found the system to run a bit quieter than reviews I have read elsewhere on the Net with no threatening heat issues arising to speak of.