I've been reading that After Effects' ray-traced rendering is outdated and no longer supported.
As far as I am aware, ray-traced rendering benefits from CUDA cores in Nvidia GPUs, which is the only reason why I currently have a GTX 1060 (I know it's not really a supported GPU. I wasn't aware of that at first).
However, since I ended up never utilizing ray-tracing, would that mean I can upgrade to AMD Vega instead of an equivalent Nvidia Volta in the next generation of GPU's without worrying about losing any performance for the application as a whole?
Or is there still something in After Effects that would benefit from Nvidia GPU's?
I would count on more manufacturers being supported in the future. I think Adobe learned a lesson when NVIDIA changes course in the middle of their development cycle. I don't think they will make the same mistake again.
That said, don't expect great GPU enhanced performance in the the next couple of updates. From what I know of the internal structure of AE and the difficulty in rewriting the entire architecture, it's probably going to take a little while. Most of the time trying to keep your hardware up to date and optimized for any software product is a loosing proposition. You make your best educated decision on hardware and then wait to see how the industry responds. You'll probably guess right about half the time.
Thank you for the answer.