I understand that Nvidia has been ahead with their CUDA, but AMD is not a small company either. What is more, there is this feeling lingering that OpenCL is just a moments away from being canned (multiple threads talking how it is an inferior solution on a conceptual level, and Vulcan is the way forward). Constant problems further add to this, as it seems to be quite a burden on the developers.
It really is an unfortunate situation. Current market situation has 6800/6800xt and a 3060ti set at around 1000 euro where I live. I really don’t see the green card worth that money, not even close. That being said, it would really hurt having spent a thousand on a card that has problems with basic viewport functions and shaders.
I am aware of the ProRender, however I have no plans of ever going back to 3rd party plugins. I do like Cycles, the way it looks, the way it works and how it is an integral part of Blender.
I am glad to hear you do not regret your purchase. Hope the card continues to work well for many years to come.