If you have a liquid-based cooling system, like the loop in the picture below, does the fluid speed actually matter?
I can see how cycling the liquid too slowly would be bad, since the fluid would be interfacing with the block for longer and what you want is to move the heat (and subsequently the fluid) away from the block. What I fail to see is how moving too quickly could also impair cooling performance as stated in a lot of online forums. One argument I clearly remember from reading about this a while back was:
You shouldn't crank the pump speed too fast or the water won't have time to pick up the heat from the waterblock as well.
That, however, makes no sense to me. It's not like the fluid and the block are interfacing in a discrete frame-like manner where if you speed it up it'd be somehow 'waiting' for the next water frame to come around, there's a continuous flow so I don't see how that would be an issue.
How does fluid speed influence the cooling efficiency in a closed loop?