Packaging and initial impressions:
The packaging of the Themis is done in the same fashion as the Pallas, with an image of the cooler and lots of the technical info listed above for the buyer.
The first thing out of the box is the fan. Unlike the Pallas, the Themis uses a standard 120mm fan, 25mm thick. The red and white color theme remain the same, and this fan is also PWM controlled but it has standard mounting holes.
The mounting setup for the Themis Evo is identical in every way to that of the Pallas. The backplate, screws, nuts, crossbars; all are identical pieces.
Then we start to see the differences. In the Pallas the 140mm slim fan was mounted with fan clips. While they were secure, installation of the final clip was somewhat difficult. Here we see the Themis comes with small rubber mounts that I’ve never seen before. More on these during the installation.
Looking at the cooler itself we can see this is a fairly standard tower configuration with some thought given to aesthetics in the shape of the center of the fins, and it shares the shiny mirror finish with the Pallas. Sadly, this form factor pretty much forces the manufacturer to show the ends of the heat pipes, and here we see those crushed ends that I dislike so much. A simple plastic cover could hide those and make this cooler look better in place, but as with anything that would raise the price tag.
Looking at the sides of the cooler the fins are even and regularly spaced but I couldn’t help but notice that while the designers did include two rows of reinforcing folds in the fins to protect them from bending the Pallas had twice as many. Couple that with the larger size of these fins and they do feel somewhat flimsy during installation. Care should be taken not to bend any, though I found out through practice that even should that happen they are easily straightened without visible damage.
Looking at the base of the Themis I was happy to see heatpipe direct touch technology at work here. That should give the Themis a performance advantage over the Pallas all by itself.
About those rubber fan mounts: I was worried. After dealing with the rubber mounts included with the Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer I had serious doubts that these mounts could be easily installed or safely removed. I’m happy to say I was mistaken. Here’s a shot of the mounts in place:
They pull in place easily and turn easily once mounted for the proper orientation. More importantly they come out almost as easily with no damage to the mount at all. I can’t speak for longevity but they are already ahead of the Xigmatek version.
Looking at the top of the cooler you can see four slots with round ends, two on each side. Those are the slots these rubber mounts slide into. The small point that comes out the top is there to grab to pull the mount straight up out of its slot when you want to remove the fan.