PC Gamer picked up rumors that NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere-based GPUs will offer a massive boost in ray-tracing support. Take it with a grain of salt, but speculation is that a RTX 3060 could offer the same level as ray-tracing performance as the current $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti. Additionally, the site also reports that there will be no GTX cards in the Ampere lineup. All Ampere-based models will reportedly have Tensor and RT cores.
With ray tracing capabilities supposedly four times that of Turing, Ampere's GeForce cards are expected to largely mitigate the prohibitive performance hit that turning ray tracing on demonstrates with the current generation of GPUs. And that is going to reportedly show how poorly Turing will age compared with the new cards, essentially making it look like a test platform for ray tracing, with Ampere being the proverbial 'real deal'.