- In general, graphics cards with reference or blower-style coolers are recommended, as they exhaust most of their heat outside of the enclosure. If you use a card with a non-reference or open cooler, however, we recommend installing fans on the front and/or bottom of the case — such coolers dump tremendous quantities of heat inside the case, so fan layouts should be optimized to remove this warmer air quickly.
- Graphics cards of almost any length will fit, but if you're planning to front-mount any hardware, make sure there's enough clearance for both components.
- Graphics cards of most widths will fit, but some non-reference cards are very wide, and have PCBs or heatsinks that extend far past their PCI bracket. Consequently, we recommended that you double-check your card(s) to ensure proper clearance, both at the power ports, and across the whole GPU.
- Any processors that are supported by mATX motherboards will work comfortably inside of Cerberus.
- The side bracket can be removed for extra heatsink clearance, but unless the extra room is needed, it's recommended to leave it installed, as it helps to stiffen the internal frame.
2.5" & 3.5" Storage Devices
- Since two 2.5" drives can be installed on the motherboard tray without risk of interfering with other components, we recommend installing drives there first for most builds.
- Cerberus supports up to four 2.5" drives and two 3.5" drives out-of-the-box. If you need more storage, however, you can easily order extra brackets.
- For SFX and SFX-L power supplies, we reccomend units that are gold-rated, and that have modular cables. If noise is a primary concern, SFX-L power supplies tend to be the better choice, as they use larger (120mm) fans.
- For ATX power supplies, the PSU can be mounted to draw air from the outside (through the side panel), or from the inside (above the motherboard). You may want to try both orientations to see which performs best, but we generally recommend orienting the intake fan outward.
- Cerberus supports nearly all 120mm and 140mm AIO coolers, when used on the side bracket. Some may be too thick to use in a push-pull configuration, however, so be sure to calculate the cumulative height of your radiator, fan(s) and block.
- Cerberus also supports a multitude of 240mm AIOs, alongside 120 and 140mm ones, on both the bottom and front of the case. However, they generally take the place of other hardware, a few PCI slots, or longer graphics cards. Additionally, 240mm AIOs will only fit in the front of the enclosure when an ATX power supply is used (in lieu of a front-mounted SFX unit).
- Expandable AIOs, pumps, reservoirs, and even multiple radiators can be used, but water loops of significant complexity will require some planning in order to ensure fitment. In general, we highly recommend using integrated pumps and reservoirs wherever possible, since they have a negligible impact on performance, yet save considerable space.
- Graphics: On air, we strongly recommend that you install intake or exhaust fans directly in front of, or below, your card(s). On water, we recommend at least 120mm of radiator length for every GPU, and suggest having more. And with either configuration, we recommend that you ensure that your power supply will have enough wattage to supply power during full load.
- Processors: If you're planning to overclock on air, we suggest that you use larger top-down coolers, pulling in air from the vent on the side panel (for heatsinks that are too short to intake air directly from the side, we've found that temperatures improve when a fan is mounted to the side bracket). On water, AIO's of any size (120mm and above) should work well, but larger radiators and fans have the benefit of better performance and lower noise.
- Cerberus does not include air filters because of the flexible nature of the Infinite Vent system — as fans of various sizes can be installed, it is impractical to include many filters for all such options.
- If dust is a concern, however, most filters on the market will do a decent job of keeping particles out of the case (with some brands, such as Demciflex, performing optimally). No matter the filters you use, however, we highly suggest orienting your case fans in a way that builds positive case pressure. This ensures that any vents without active cooling will see filtered air exit the case, rather than unfiltered air enter uninhibited.