Chimera Industries Cerberus: The 18L, mATX, USA-made enclosure


Cable-Tie Ninja
Nov 19, 2016
I guess it’s the right decision as its pre production value is more or less obsolete as serial cerberus-x will be released.
But now it will have collectors value instead! All the little kinks and nicks only make so much more distinctive and attractive. ;)
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Founder of SFF.N
Original poster
Chimera Industries
Editorial Staff
Feb 22, 2015
Hello everyone,

Today's a good day. I can finally been to shed light on the feverish work that @KSliger and I have been doing to get Cerberus and Cerberus X off the drawing board, and on the production line. I have news to share with the configurations that will be available, the ship date for enclosures, and - of course - pricing.



Before we begin.

It's important to note that we've made a few changes to Cerberus and Cerberus X in order to expedite production and meet pricing targets. There are some minor changes and tweaks that have been made to resolve errors or improve component compatibility, but in terms of features, this is what we have changed going into the 'final' versions of each enclosure:
  • The feet - previously custom cut from aluminum billets at significant expense - will be replaced, either with an off-the-shelf solution of adequate height or a batch of custom feet carved from Ultra Hight Molecular Weight Polymer (UHMW).
  • We have sourced a hinge that we can use off-the-shelf, saving some money.
  • We have updated our pin and clip system by using marginally cheaper parts, and by reducing the number of clips and pins for the side panels from six to four, which collectively keeps panel attachment sturdy but makes the panels themselves easier to remove (and build).
That's it. Everything else about the enclosures themselves has remained the same, from the all-steel construction and durable powder coat finish, to the tolerances, component support, Infinite Vents, and beyond. Not to mention the US-based manufacturing.

So with that out of the way, let's turn to the final product.


Six colors.

One of the compromises we had to make for our (failed) Kickstarter was to significantly limit the number of colors we could make available for customers. Today, however, I am pleased to announce that we will enable folks to choose from six different finishes for Cerberus's panels:
  • Obsidian (Black)
  • Pearl (White)
  • Slate (Grey)
  • Ecru (Beige)
  • Carmine (Red)
  • Bare metal
These colors cover the gamut of the most popular and the most requested, while the bare metal option gives customers the ability to truly customize the exterior.


Sliger and KI have set an ambitious deadline to start shipping Cerberus and Cerberus X: November 17th, which would enable most in the US to receive their enclosures at or before Black Friday.

To be sure, this is a ship date target, and is not 100% certain for all customers in all circumstances. But we are already in the starting stages of production, and have been extraordinarily persistent and aggressive about hitting that ship date. We want you all to be able to get your hands on these ASAP.

Beyond this, though, I have one other exciting development to share - KI and Sliger have entered into an agreement whereby Sliger will support manufacture and sale of Cerberus and Cerberus X on a continuous basis. In other words, starting on 11/17, anyone and everyone will be able to navigate to Sliger's website, and order a Cerberus or Cerberus X at any time. No waiting for batches, no questionable availability. This is a remarkable development that will make the enclosures substantially more accessible to enthusiasts, and it's a particular point of pride for me as we've done a lot of work to make this possible.


Cerberus will start at just $225, a $24 discount relative to our original price target of $249. Cerberus X, meanwhile, will start at just $255, which is only $6 more than what we initially wanted to sell its smaller sibling for!

This price does not include shipping, and Sliger is in the midst of negotiation with a carrier to get that as low and competitive as possible. Once we have a sense as to what the shipping cost will look like, I will reach out to the community with an update.

For $225/$255, enthusiasts will be able to get a Cerberus/Cerberus X chassis, a panel set in their choice of finish, and one 'Power Kit' option - either a front-mounted SFX kit, a rear-mounted ATX kit, or a brand-new rear-mounted SFX kit. Meanwhile, accessories and additional parts are priced in the following manner:
  • Panel set: $60 for Cerberus, $70 for Cerberus X.
  • Rear-mounted ATX kit: $15
  • Front-mounted SFX kit: $15
  • Rear-mounted SFX kit: $15
  • Handle kit: $30
  • 2.5 Bracket kit: $10
  • 3.5 Bracket kit: $10
  • Windowed panel set: Estimated availability in December, pricing to come.
In this way, we are able to provide the lowest possible cost for those who don't need most accessories, whilst also enabling those who want future flexibility to order accessories to their heart's content.



I'm sure you all have lots of questions. I'd encourage everyone to post them here, and I will work to address them as quickly as possible.

I am aiming to host a brief AMA on Discord sometime next week or weekend, as well, so be on the lookout for an announcement as to the timing for that.

Finally, on a personal note, I just want to mention that this has been a very challenging sprint. I have many responsibilities, from my fill-time work, to Minutiae, to KI, to another (as-of-yet-undisclosed) project. And it's been hard - emotionally - to bring a collaborative effort with @Aibohphobia across the finish line by myself. That said, it is with absolute pride that I share these updates with you all today, and - to be frank - it's about effing time we nailed a ship date. So I hope you're as excited as I am.

That's it for now. There will be more updates to come, and I know that there are questions that remain unanswered. I will answer them as I can. But I do hope this gives you all enough context and information to plan around!

Thanks, now and always, for your support and care over these past few years. This has all been for you.



Chassis Packer
Jul 7, 2017
So as of right now there is no way to pre-order a case yet or am I too early based on info release? Also are there final examples of what the various colors will look like?

Side note, great job on finally pushing the case out! I'm excited for you guys, thanks for the hard work.


Founder of SFF.N
Original poster
Chimera Industries
Editorial Staff
Feb 22, 2015
So as of right now there is no way to pre-order a case yet or am I too early based on info release?
We are currently building the product page from which folks can order. Once that's live I'll announce here and elsewhere!

Also are there final examples of what the various colors will look like?
The colors are identical to ones we've made already; I'll link to examples and post them here when I can. Additionally, Sliger will be photographing Cerberus, and that should be inclusive of all panel options, as well.


King of Cable Management
Bronze Supporter
Oct 13, 2016
Congratulations all around for KI and everyone involved on getting your case to market! The fact that the case will be available in an ongoing manner is truly an achievement indeed. Wishing you many sales and looking to be at least one of those.

Looking forward to getting at that order page once its launched!



Shrink Way Wielder
Apr 1, 2016
@KSliger ans @PlayfulPhoenix i don’t if it’s not too late (or you already took it into account)
For rear sfx psu bracket please maximize offset to allow maximum cpu cooler clearance...better than silverstonetek bracket..:) please also lake vents on plain surface..:) target is to have better clearance for aio waterblock/pump!

And of course, congratulations for your cerberus/cerberus-x release!!..;)


Average Stuffer
Oct 1, 2017

Great work holding the price down. 100% support the change of the feet, those that want can always 'accessorize' stuff like that separately anyway.

You said "all-steel construction" but the panels are ally right?

Would be good to list exactly what parts each of the PSU kits include.

I know Cerb-X was initially kind of an after thought but it may end up doing more to promote SFF than many of the little ITX & mATX options. As a 'safe' choice a lot of people might find it a gateway drug to smaller forms. It's certainly working that way for me.

Can't wait to order!


Efficiency Noob
Aug 14, 2017
Congratulations ! As a SFF freak, I was looking forward to this case as well (Ncase user).
I was thinking of air cooling (even though this was optimized for water cooling) and would it be possible to know height clearance of aircoolers?

Thank you !