Systems: Monarch Hornet SFF Mini System Review :: Performance

11-13-2003 · Category: Hardware - Systems

By Doc Overclock

Test System

  • CPU: Intel 2.8GHz 533MHz FSB
  • Motherboard: P4P800-VM
  • Memory: 2X 256MB CAS 2.0 Corsair PC3200/2700 DDR SDRAM
  • Cooling: Intel Retail Heatsink and fan
  • Video: ASUS V9950 Ti-4200 8X
  • CD: AOpen 16X DVD-ROM
  • 40GB IBM ATA100 7200RPM

Since I tested this board once already only in its full size version I had some serious expectations out of this system and if you don't know the brother of its full size brethren the P4C800 Deluxe is my personal board of choice used in my home system and it rocks. I can say without hesitation that even though this board has embedded VGA as well as audio it still performed quite satisfactory and is definitely a serious consideration as the Hornets P4 platform choice board. I know this is supposed to be a review on the Hornet itself but what is the Hornet without the mass of its other parts working together?

Performance is definitely not hindered by the unit's size as it performed almost identical to its big brother so that is a very positive thing. All the tests ran without error but the unit did run a bit hot, nothing major for an Intel system but air flow could be a bit better. The scores were good even compared to their larger sized cousins and the system remained stable throughout the entire burn-in test period as well as all the standard test sequences. I had high prospects for the Hornet and configured the way it was it satiated my appetite performance wise.